ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is seeking his first taste of victory in a cup competition when the Lichties travel to Keith tomorrow (Saturday) in the Scottish Cup.
Since taking the Gayfield hotseat, the boss has been unable to steer his side to a cup win but he is hoping that all of that will change at Kynoch Park.
The Lichties have already played the Highland League side in a pre-season friendly in July, when they were 4-1 winners.
But Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport his players know what they have to do if they want to progress to the fourth round.
He said: “We managed to get Keith watched at the weekend so we know a little bit about them and it seems they look good going forward.
“Their park might not be in the best condition with the pitch quite boggy so we might have to change the way we play like we did at Albion Rovers a few weeks ago.
“Hopefully we have prepared enough to get a result and it won’t become a banana skin for us.”
But its not just the boss who wants to end his cup record as a manager, as he believes progressing to the next round would be a massive boost for the club.
He added: “For everybody involved it is massive to a get a cup run and see where we can take it.
“If we get through we will then get the big guns coming into the next round and we will be looking for a good draw.
“It would be more than beneficial to the club if we could get somebody like Celtic, Rangers, Hearts or Hibs.”
In preparation for the tie, the Lichties faced Arbroath Vics in a bounce game at Gayfield on Tuesday night, where they ran out 4-1 winners, with Mr Sheerin himself playing 35 minutes as he recovers from injury.
He explained: “The game gave players like Gibby, Pedram, Elfverson, Beau and Brown a chance to get some time under their belts so it was worthwhile.
“Beau will probably start on Saturday as Stuart Malcolm is suspended and Gibby may also come back into the fold.”
However one player who won’t be featuring is Carlo Monti, who failed to impress during his trial period.
Mr Sheerin said: “He only managed two out of five training sessions and we decided not to pursue our interest in him.”
The Scottish Cup tie means the Lichties leave their league campaign for a week, but they are safe in the knowledge they are still joint top of the Second Division, level on points with Cowdenbeath.
And it was thanks to a last gasp header by Stuart Malcolm that ensured Arbroath took maximum points from Stirling Albion.
The manager explained: “It was a massive win for us because at one stage it looked like our chance had passed us by.
“But the fact that we were still going strong at 92 minutes and then get the goal it could be one of those vital turning points for us.
“There’s so much spirit in the team and you just had to look at all the players piling on top of each other when Malky scored to see that.”