Big test for Moore

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Arbroath huffed and puffed but eventually edged past a stubborn Nairn County at the weekend to reach the fourth round of the Scottish Cup and a tie against either Bo’ness or Elgin.

Allan Moore’s men didn’t have much luck in the cups at the beginning of the season, losing to Alloa and Hamilton in their first two games, but he will see a chance to go deeper into the tournament, while keeping focused on remaining top of the SPFL League Two table.

Observers perhaps expected the Lichties’ bubble to burst before now and the more fancied teams such as Albion or East Fife to be leading the way.

But even when they are not at their best the men in maroon are still finding a way to win, which bodes well for the rest of the campaign.

Tomorrow’s game against Queen’s Park will be tough, but the Gayfield men have shown steel so far in the crunch games and confidence is high within the squad.

With a seven-point lead over Albion Rovers and eight ahead of tomorrow’s opponents Queen’s Park in third spot, Moore will be looking for another three points in the bag in their quest for automatic promotion.

It’s still relatively early in the season but the gaffer has his eyes on the prize.