McAnespie happy with his goalscoring rate

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TWO GAMES played and two goals scored is a record that most strikers would be happy with, writes Jennifer Newton.

But for defender Kieran McAnespie, it is even more pleasing that he can boast of having a 100 per cent scoring record this season.

The 32-year-old who was an integral part of the Lichties’ championship winning side, only managed to start and then score in the season opener against Albion Rovers before injury ruled him out for the opening weeks of the campaign.

And after coming back into the team on Saturday against Airdrie having regained his fitness, he was rewarded with another goal, which gave Arbroath an early home lead.

But McAnespie knows once you’re included back in the starting line-up you still have to prove that you deserve to stay there.

He said: “It is a testament to the standard we have got here as the last couple of games we have had players out but the squad is big enough for others to come in and still take the points.

“Last week I wasn’t expecting to start and so I was fortunate to get back into the team again and now I hope I have done enough to keep my place as the manager has proved he is not afraid to change things.”

Despite Arbroath still sitting at the top of Division Two with the most goals scored in Scotland, the Lichties have also conceded 10 times.

On Saturday a string of impressive saves by ‘keeper Darren Hill denied the visitors on several different occasions.

And McAnespie is sure any defensive worries can be forgotten about.

He added: “As a back four we haven’t all played together since the Dundee game and we only conceded once.

“But we have got to be pleased with that result as Airdrie are a tough team and the three points keeps us at the top of league.

“As for Daz (Darren Hill), I have known him for a long time and I think he is the best ‘keeper in the league.

“There were many times last season when he kept us in it and with Michael White keeping him on his toes now he will only get better.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Lichties will be involved in their first derby of the season with a clash against Brechin City at Glebe Park.

And a friendly rivalry with one of the City players will be spurring McAnespie on to hit the net again tomorrow.

He explained: “Me and David McClure have a bet each season to see who can score the most goals and the loser has to take the winner on a night out.

“It’s double or nothing this season so it would be good to get a third against him.”