Arbroath 1, Stranraer 0
ARBROATH recorded a vital win in the race for a play-off place against a determined Stranraer side.
And with rivals Forfar being hammered by Queen of the South, they moved back into the top four.
Stenhousemuir also won so it is now a three horse race for the final spot.
With Colin Hamilton missing, David Banjo got a rare start being recalled from Kinnoull, while young Scott Adams was handed his chance.
With the wind blowing towards the harbour end there was little to report in the early stages.
But Stranraer made the first opportunity in 13 minutes when Malcolm got a shot away, but Bullock made a fine save.
Great vision from Sheerin sent Doris away eight minutes later but ‘keeper Mitchell had read it well and beat him to the ball.
The Lichties went in front with a goal of sheer beauty in 25 minutes. Banjo played the ball into Sheerin. The player/boss played a one two with Bayne and coolly tucked away his 101st senior goal.
In the second half, Stranraer had more purpose and Aitken was inches away from levelling in 51 minutes with a free kick.
Then seven minutes later former Lichtie Darren Gribben should have scored when an Aitken corner dropped to him in the six-yard box, but he couldn’t convert.
Aitken was involved in everything and again came close on 61 minutes with a 20-yard shot which went just wide.
Arbroath were holding on and a header from Gallagher, following an Aitken corner, was just off target in 72 minutes.
There was then a bizarre moment when Bullock ran from his line and struck the corner flag, snapping it in two!
One came on for Stranraer and was inches wide with a shot in 84 minutes.
Arbroath: Bullock, Banjo, Baxter, Robertson (Malcolm 90), Travis, Keddie, Adams (Sibanda 61), Chisholm, Bayne (Holmes 79), Doris, Sheerin.
Referee: Barry Cook.
Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin was naturally delighted his side were back in the play-offs. He told the Herald: “It is all about grinding out results.
“It is in our hands but most important we got three points, which at this stage of the season is vital.”
Watch a video of our post match interview with the boss above.