Six more points could seal a historic league title

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WITH the Third Division title almost within touching distance, Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says it will be an “unbelievable achievement” if the club was to lift its first ever championship trophy.

The Lichties are now sitting seven points clear at the top of the pile and another six points would ensure the first piece of silverware at Gayfield in the club’s 133-year history.

And even though it would be a tremendous personal milestone for Mr Sheerin in his debut season in management, he said it would be just as important for the players and supporters.

He explained: “If it were to happen then it would be an unbelievable achievement in my first season as a manager as there have been bigger and better managers than me at the club in their time.

“And I’m sure the players and the supporters would feel the same way if it were to happen.

“We now have the advantage at the top of the table but it is still a case of taking every game as it comes as there is still a lot of football to be played.”

After taking six points from the double header against Clyde, Arbroath have another home game tomorrow (Saturday) against a Queen’s Park side who are desperate for a place in the play-offs.

If the Lichties were to take maximum points from the clash and then fellow contenders Albion Rovers, Annan Athletic and Stranraer were to suffer defeats, they could have the title sewn up.

But the boss says it may not be as easy as that as all the clubs are desperate to finish in the spots that could land them promotion at the end of the season and it may come down to the crunch derby game against Montrose a week on Saturday.

He explained: “Hopefully we can get a result on Saturday, but Queen’s Park still have a lot to play for in trying to get in the play-off spots so they will be gunning for the win.

“It looks like it could come down to the game against Montrose but we will see.

“We have to take care of things on Saturday first before thinking about that.”

Mr Sheerin will be ruled out of the game through suspension and Stuart Malcolm will also be unavailable as he is still struggling with injury.

But Ross Chisholm can return after sitting out the double header against Clyde because of a two-match ban.

In Wednesday night’s game at Gayfield the boss stuck with the same starting line-up that recorded a 3-0 win at Broadwood on Saturday.

And he said that was because he didn’t feel he needed to change a winning team.

He added: “Kevin McMullen was available again on Wednesday night but I decided to stick with Lee Sibanda as he did reasonably well on Saturday and I felt like I didn’t want to change the team tonight.

“‘Flyer’ has been unbelievable so it was a tough one to leave him out but he is an exceptional professional.

“He has had a few knockbacks but I’m sure he will be back and come Saturday no doubt he will be striving to get back into the team.”