Ready to push for the top says boss

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says his side are up for the chase in their quest to knock Cowdenbeath from the top of the Division Two table.

After midweek results, the Lichties are only two points behind the Fife side in second place as the race for the title hots up.

A 4-1 win over Angus rivals Forfar on Wednesday night, which featured a Steven Doris hat-trick, further boosted Arbroath’s chances of two titles in two seasons.

And the boss was particularly delighted with Wednesday’s victory.

He said: “Given the result on Tuesday when Cowdenbeath drew, it was vital we came to Gayfield and won and that is what we managed to do.

“On Tuesday I was constantly refreshing the scores on my ‘phone every minute to just get news on what Cowdenbeath were doing as that is the way it is going at the minute.

“It seems like we have been chasing them for a long time but we can certainly catch them.”

However, Cowdenbeath may not only be the ones the Lichties and the supporters will have to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

Third place Dumbarton have been quietly moving up the league after a run of good results and are now six points behind Arbroath.

And Mr Sheerin added: “There is still a lot of football to be played and you just have to look at Dumbarton right now who are having a real push.

“They are just six behind us and eight behind Cowdenbeath and they just seem to come out of nowhere and they will be desperate for points too.

“That is why we need to keep looking after ourselves.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lichties take the trip to Stenhousemuir, who suffered a defeat at the hands of Brechin City on Tuesday night.

The Ochilview side will be desperate to consolidate a play-off position as Brechin City and East Fife look to edge into the top places.

However, that will be followed by three consecutive home games starting on Wednesday night with a re-arranged clash against Airdrie United.

And Mr Sheerin believes good home form along with vocal support from the supporters will be the boost the team needs over these crucial weeks.

He explained: “Our home form has always been good and we have played just as many at home now as Cowdenbeath so these things tend to even themselves out.

“It is definitely a benefit to us having a run of homes games as since we’ve been at the club we’ve only had three defeats at home.

“So it is definitely a plus for us as well as having the fans backing.”