It was a one-sided scoreline in Arbroath’s favour but manager Todd Lumsden said his side’s win over East Stirling was never going to be an easy one.
All of the Shire’s victories in League Two have come at home this season and even though the Lichties beat Craig Tully’s men 4-0 at Ochilview earlier in the season. Lumsden said he was expecting nothing less than a tough challenge.
And while that challenge did indeed arise, goals from Josh Skelly, Bobby Linn and Sergio Cecilia Alvarez gave Arbroath their fifth win in six games.
Greg Rutherford - who is getting better every time he dons the Lichties maroon - had another fine display and set up Skelly for the youngster’s first professional goal.
Todd, though he is delighted with Rutherford’s contribution to the team’s excellent run of form, has called on his striker to start finding the back of the net more often.
The manager said: “It was another good win down at East Stirling, that’s where they’ve picked up all their points.
“We beat them 4-0 last time there and some of the press were saying it’ll be an easy game, but that wasn’t the case, not at all.
“Last time at 4-0 I thought they still did well, they moved the ball well and looked a threat. We’ve gone down there and got three good goals and a clean sheet.
“Greg showed great skill and awareness for the first goal, the more he plays the better he’ll get.
“We’d maybe like to see him score a few more goals so it’d be great to see him be a bit more clinical, because his all-around performance has been excellent.”
Lumsden added that he and his coaches are confident in the players’ ability to take more points going forward, beginning against Stirling Albion on Saturday.
He said: “We’re just working week-to-week and we’ve got the belief in the players that if they make the right decisions, they’ll take the points.
“It’s really tight in that league so the more points we pick up, the tighter it’s going to get.
“Look back to the Elgin game where we narrowly got beat. If it’d gone the other way we’d be six points behind them now. There are so many points to play for though.”