Top dogs in town

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin believes there is no better time to beat Queen of the South than tomorrow (Saturday) as the visitors continue their charge to the title.

The Lichties go into the match on a high after an important three points on Saturday against East Fife put them right back in contention for the play-offs.

But tomorrow’s opponents, who are 20 points ahead of their nearest rivals, are on a 13-game winning streak with many predicting it will only be a matter of time before they scoop the Division Two championship.

The Lichties know how ruthless the Palmerston side can be as they have already slipped to three league defeats and a cup reverse against them.

But Mr Sheerin is calling on his players to put a delay on the visitor’s championship party as his side are without a win at home since the end of January.

He told HeraldSport: “Of course it is a big ask as our home form has slipped lately for whatever reason.

“It is going to be difficult but there is no better time to beat them than now when they are effectively champions elect.

“We haven’t managed to beat them yet this season and we know how it is being top of the league and being the team everybody wants to beat.

“But they are on an incredible run at the moment so three points tomorrow would be massive.”

The boss will be without Scott Robertson tomorrow due to suspension but Steven Doris could return from injury and a late decision will be made on him.

Tomorrow starts a run of three games for the Lichties that will be pivotal come the end of the season.

Next week they welcome fellow play-off hopefuls Stenhousemuir to Gayfield before travelling to local rivals Forfar Athletic the week after that.

And the boss knows just how important the rest of this month is, adding: “It really is a big month for us. Certainly if we can get something tomorrow we would be delighted.

“And then to pick up points in the next two games would put us where we want to be in the driving seat.”

Saturday’s win against East Fife was a welcome boost for the Lichties, who had previously suffered two home defeats in a row.

But despite tomorrow’s opponents Mr Sheerin is hoping they can build on the win.

He explained: “It was a huge win for us and it was like the proverbial six pointer. But it has put us in a much stronger position.”