Lichties will show no fear of Spiders

Saturday's opponents in the Scottish Cup, Nairn County, are celebrating their centenary. And Arbroath recognised this on Saturday when chairman John Christison and vice-chairman Mike Caird presented County chairman Peter Mackintosh with a gift to celebrate the occasion.

Saturday's opponents in the Scottish Cup, Nairn County, are celebrating their centenary. And Arbroath recognised this on Saturday when chairman John Christison and vice-chairman Mike Caird presented County chairman Peter Mackintosh with a gift to celebrate the occasion.

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Arbroath turn their attentions back to league duty tomorrow (Saturday) for the visit of Queen’s Park, with boss Allan Moore urging his players to carry on their fine form in SPFL League Two.

The Lichties, who overcame a stubborn Nairn County in last week’s Scottish Cup third round tie at Gayfield, head into the clash against the Spiders seven points clear of Albion Rovers at the top of the table and eight ahead of tomorrow’s opponents from Glasgow.

However, Moore wants more daylight between his side and the chasers at the summit of the division.

He said: “Saturday will be a test but it’s one we are really looking forward to.

“We’ve been a good run and I hope we can continue that against Queen’s Park.

“Confidence has been high amongst the players but we won’t let them get carried away.

“Our opponents have been on a great run as well so something has to give on Saturday and hopefully we will be the ones with the three points come five o’clock.

“Last week against Nairn in the cup our standards dropped as we had five or six guys who had an off-day.

“I hope that was a wake-up call and this is a chance for them to show it was just a blip – and I’m sure they will do that on Saturday.”

The upbeat mood around the club was this week tempered by the news that goalkeeper David Crawford is likely to miss the rest of the season following the knee injury he suffered against Nairn.

Crawford had a scan and it has revealed he has snapped his patella tendon in his knee and as a result will need to undergo surgery.

This means he is expected to be out for eight months and at this stage looks as if he will be forced to miss the remainder of the campaign.

The No.1 has had a real impact at Gayfield on and off the pitch since his arrival in the summer. The injury is a real blow not only to his football career but also his career outside of football.

Scott Morrison will take over in goals with the club looking to bring in a new ‘keeper as soon as possible.

We hope you can join us in sending David some well wishes and that he makes a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, Arbroath’s game away to Elgin on Saturday, November 29, has been moved to Tuesday, December 2, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off due to the Scottish Cup.