Will it be lucky 13 for Arbroath?

Dylan Carreiro opens the scoring
Dylan Carreiro opens the scoring

It’s crunch time for Arbroath as their bid to bounce back to SPFL League One at the first attempt moves into the final stages.

There are 13 games remaining for Allan Moore’s men and that is all that is between them and finishing top of the pile in May.

But they must banish the poor form that has haunted them since the turn of the year.

After an amazing December, which saw the Lichties take 13 points from a possible 15 and score a barrowload of goals into the bargain, 2015 has been a disaster thus far.

Only three points have been gathered from 15 and the hauntingly bad run of results must be halted.

Yet, despite the disappointing performances, Arbroath still hold on to top spot in the table with a game in hand over second placed Albion Rovers and two in hand over Queen’s Park in third.

They head for Annan tomorrow (Saturday) to face a team whose form has seen them force themselves into a play-off spot, having won three of their last four games.

Gaffer Jim Chapman will be in the mood to take advantage of the Lichties’ poor form as he seeks to cement his side’s place in the top four.

Galabank Park is never an easy place to go, but you have the feeling that Arbroath are going to click back into gear at some point. Will it be tomorrow?

After a good display against Hibernian in the Scottish Cup, the Maroons headed for Shielfield Park on Saturday confident of returning with a result.

And things looked good when they grabbed the lead through Thomas Grant.

But Berwick hit back to take all three points and keep their own play-off challenge alive.

At the present time, the Gayfield men are conceding far too many goals, and the team has certainly missed Kevin Nicol who is out through injury.

The strikers, too, haven’t been as potent as they were in the first half of the season.

But form is temporary, class is permanent, and Paul McManus and Simon Murray are sure to find their shooting boots again before long.

Youth hospitality

In recognition of the number of younger supporters, the club will be hosting a Young Supporters Hospitality Evening for the game against Albion Rovers on March 16 at 6 p.m.

The event is aimed towards 13 to 17 year olds and includes a two course meal, complimentary soft drinks, seating in the main stand and a chance to meet the management and players.

The price is £20 with a reduction to £14 for season ticket holders. This would make an ideal present for the young supporter.

Booking can be made by emailing info@strathmoreventservices.co.uk