Sheerin hoping good run continues as campaign opens

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has warned the Lichties successful pre-season warm-up campaign will mean nothing unless they continue that form into the new campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gayfield men will line up for their first competitive game when they face Dundee in a home Challenge Cup tie.

Friendly wins against team such as Raith Rovers and Montrose will have no doubt boosted the side ahead of the new season.

But Mr Sheerin believes only time will tell if their pre-season programme has been a total success.

He told HeraldSport: “On reflection we have done reasonably well and had some good performances against St Johnstone and Raith Rovers.

“When you look at last year we had a terrible pre-season but we still went on to win a championship.

“It is nice to get in the habit of winning but it means nothing unless you continue it.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Dundee also enjoyed a remarkable campaign last season and maintained their First Division status despite being docked 25 points.

And the boss added that to get into the second round of the competition his side will have to give 100 per cent.

He explained: “Dundee were outstanding last season and Barry Smith has done an amazing job and built a good squad.

“With us being Second Division now we are probably that bit more closer to them and the other First Division clubs.

“But we will be working as hard as we know we can and giving 100 per cent.

“The home advantage certainly gives us an extra edge and hopefully there will be a decent crowd with Dundee bringing a few through.

“Hopefully playing in front of a lot of people will lift the players and spur them on.”

Mr Sheerin has a full squad to choose from with Josh Falkingham recovering from a knock he picked up during the 4-1 win over Keith.

To round off their pre-season campaign, the Lichties played a quickly arranged friendly against Forfar at Station Park on Tuesday night and ran out 2-1 winners.

Jordan Elfverson and Mr Sheerin were the men on target after the boss netted from the penalty spot.

He said: “It was pretty hastily arranged as we were needing another game and Dick (Campbell) got in touch asking if we wanted to play.

“We don’t play them until November in the league so it wasn’t a problem and it was a good exercise.

“It has been good to share the goals around and mix it up with everybody chipping in as it takes pressure of the strikers.

“I was delighted ‘Big Elf’ got a goal as that will have boosted his confidence and it is good for him to be scoring.”

Supporters are being reminded that the 36-0 bar will be open tomorrow at Gayfield from 1 p.m., prior to the Dundee cup time.