Plenty of positives, says Sheerin

Paul Sheerin will be fighting on and off the pitch to help Arbroath avoid the drop.
Paul Sheerin will be fighting on and off the pitch to help Arbroath avoid the drop.

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin knows his side have a mountain to climb in the closing stages of the season but he has belief in his players.

The Lichties’ shortlived run came to an end on Saturday with an unrepresentative 1-0 defeat at Gayfield to Airdrieonians.

The gaffer said: “We just have to get on with it really. In that game we outperformed Airdrie, which it has been like that in recent weeks. We’re perhaps just not winning ugly like sometimes we need to.

“In recent weeks we’ve outperformed most teams round about us, we’ve just been unfortunate in not getting the results we’ve wanted.

“We’ve got plenty of positives to take away from these matches which is a good thing at this stage in the season. The last thing you want to feel at this point is that you’ve let yourself down.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Arbroath are away to Ayr United, a former stomping ground for Mr Sheerin. He said: “It’s always nice to go back to places you’ve been before. It’ll be another tough fixture as Ayr are on a great run.

“Michael Moffat is back from suspension and I think it’s done him the world of good, he’s scoring for fun again.

“He’s a huge threat for this game and if we can find an opportunity to nullify him we’ll have a good chance.”

Meanwhile, the club has advised fans that with the high attendance expected for Rangers’ visit on March 29 that they should arrive early.

With limited car parking near Gayfield Park spectators should leave plenty of time to walk from wherever they find a space, and local supporters may do well to get a lift to and from the game or use public transport to ease the pressure on available parking.

The club also wishes to remind fans that this is an all ticket match and there will be no cash payment gates in operation, tickets will be on sale at the club offices from Monday to Friday, 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spectators are also reminded that taking alcohol into the ground is strictly prohibited, nor are bottles and cans allowed, and this will be strictly enforced with all bags searched by stewards on entry.

Anyone wearing Rangers colours will not gain entry into the Home End on match day, and will be subject to ejection if subsequently identified within terracing allocated to Arbroath fans.

A spokesperson for Arbroath Football Club said: “The club sincerely hopes that everyone attending the game has a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and that all supporters are well behaved and do not bring any large flags, flares or other unwanted objects into the ground which could compromise the safety and well-being of others attending who wish to enjoy a competitive football game.

“Please come along to the match and have an enjoyable experience given that it is a massive game for all connected with Arbroath FC.”

The club will host its annual Sportsman’s Dinner at the Meadowbank Inn this evening (Friday).

And they have been fortunate enough to attract a rather unusual auction item.

Jimmy Marr, who is well know throughout the licensed trade, is soon to be opening the Market Bar in Market Place.

He has kindly donated a pint a day for a year to be auctioned on the night.

The club’s Malcolm Fairweather told the Herald: “Jimmy has very kindly donated this rather unusual lot for us to auction. The club would like to thank him for his generosity.”