Will the cup be full of gold?

Arbroath player/boss Paul Sheerin is plotting a route to the second round.
Arbroath player/boss Paul Sheerin is plotting a route to the second round.

Arbroath’s 7-1 defeat at the hands of Inverness on Tuesday evening will be forgotten when the real stuff starts tomorrow (Saturday).

Paul Sheerin’s men were humbled by their Premiership counterparts in their final pre-season friendly.

But the gaffer says focus now switches to the Lichties’ season opener against Stenhousemuir in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

“It was shaping up to be a good pre-season, but then you go and get a kick in the teeth like that, but those things can happen in pre-season and we will get back into training and start to prepare for Stenny,” he said.

“We will put that result behind us and take the positives from pre-season like the Partick Thistle game and our fitness levels.”

The Gayfield boss said that he was maybe a little gung ho on Tuesday. “We did set up perhaps a little too attack minded because it was a pre-season friendly, they gave us a right battering and we got our fingers burnt a little.

“If we were playing them in a cup we probably wouldn’t set things up the same way. You try things in pre-season and we probably paid the price.

“Obviously the performance against Partick Thistle is more how we would like to play against SPL opposition as we did well.”

Looking ahead to the trip west, Mr Sheerin says that the Warriors will provide the Maroons with the normal stiff test you expect.

“We know enough from last season how Martyn [Corrigan] likes to set his teams up and the way they like to play,” he revealed.

“I will also be in touch with people in the game who have seen how they played in their game at the weekend and what their threats are.”

Last year’s Players’ Player of the Year, Colin Hamilton, is on board for another season, a signing that has delighted the boss.

“Hammy was arguably one of our best players last season and I am delighted to get him signed up,” he commented.

“And with Johnny Lindsay slotting into the squad well in pre-season we have some great competition for places too.”

And the gaffer hinted that there may be one or two more additions before the August deadline passes.

“There is scope for another one or two to come in, certainly up top to provide a bit of competition for Bayney [Graham Bayne],” he revealed. “But there is no panic as we have five weeks until the deadline.”

Although he has no injury worries to contend with, Colin Hamilton and Alex Keddie are both suspended for the trip to Ochilview, so the defence will likely feature David Banjo on the right with Ricky Little moving into the centre.