They think it’s all over ... it could be

Bobby Linn celebrates. Pic: Graham Black.
Bobby Linn celebrates. Pic: Graham Black.

Arbroath are staring firmly down the relegation trapdoor after only managing a 2-2 draw with Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

And the drop to League Two could be confirmed tomorrow if they lose at home to Stranraer and other results go the wrong way.

The Lichties are seven points behind East Fife and it is increasingly looking like a miracle will be needed if they are to survive the drop.

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin described the game as “huge” when HeraldSport caught up with him yesterday (Thursday).

“From our point of view, our objective has to be to win games between now and the end of the season,” he continued.

“The players have trained very well this week and that should stand them in good stead for the Stranraer game.

“Stranraer hit the skids in recent weeks, but they have steadied the ship with the last couple of results.

“They should be OK for the play-offs, but they will be wanting the win just to make sure, so it should be an interesting one.”

Looking at the situation, the Lichties find themselves in, Mr Sheerin conceded that they now only have East Fife in their sights.

He said: “We had been hoping that Brechin, Airdrie and East Fife stayed together, but now it is just East Fife.

“Unfortunately, it gets more clichéd than ever.

“They will probably be looking above rather than below, but we must continue week in week out to try and pick up three points that could give us a chance of catching them.”

Reflecting on the 2-2 draw with Stenhousemuir, the gaffer was disappointed: “Story of the second half of the season,” he said. “Slightly annoying in that we wanted to make a substitution when Jonny Lindsay went down.

“He maybe should have been a bit cuter and stayed down allowing us to make the change.

“They got the corner which we had to defend and we didn’t defend it well enough.”

New loan signing Ryan McGeever made his debut in the Warriors’ clash.

“It’s difficult to come in having only done one training session on Wednesday, but I thought he did well,” said Mr Sheerin.

“In general it was a steady enough performance and he give us some additional height and presence which was needed.”

Long term absentee Leighton McIntosh is expected to be back in contention for tomorrow’s match.

And although there is a question mark over Alan Cook’s fitness, the boss expects him to make it.