Three huge games for the Lichties

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A potentially season defining period for Arbroath FC begins tomorrow (Saturday) when Angus rivals Montrose are the Lichties’ ‘first foots’.

After the Gable Endies, Allan Moore’s men entertain title challenging Albion Rovers before travelling away to third placed Queen’s Park.

If they can take the majority of the points from these clashes they will be in a wonderful position come the middle of January.

Gaffer Allan Moore isn’t thinking about that, he is focusing on taking one match at a time.

He said: “If we can win on Saturday and get the full points then hopefully we can extend our lead. We take one match at a time but we know there are tough matches ahead of us.

“If we keep playing the way we have been and scoring the goals, we will hopefully pick up the points against them.

“Getting three out of three over the next few weeks would put us in a very strong position.”

Going by Arbroath’s clinical performance at Bayview Park against East Fife they have the strength to see through Moore’s aspirations.

New signing Dylan Easton got his boots on the ground for the first time 60 minutes in, impressing the boss with his skill and potential.

Despite a gruelling clash with East Fife in September in which Arbroath failed to deliver, the second round showed off how far Maroons have come since the start of the season. Moore said: “We still had a tough fight, particularly in the first half. When it came down to 10 men we capitalised on that and scored some good goals. We were focussed and the good playing surface helped us get the ball out wide.”

With regards to the forthcoming fixture between Arbroath and Montrose supporters are reminded that segregation will be in place. The home support will occupy the harbour end of the ground and the away supporters will occupy the Pleasureland end.

Supporters are also reminded that no alcohol should be brought into the stadium and anyone attempting to enter who is clearly under the influence of alcohol will be denied entry.

Arbroath FC has a strict behaviour policy which will be enforced by stewards and any persistent use of foul or abusive language will not be tolerated. Any actions of an inflammatory or intimidating nature will also not be tolerated and will be dealt with swiftly by club stewards.

Additional searching of spectators entering the ground will be taking place. Supporters are advised to arrive early.

As is consistent with segregated matches wilful damage of opposition colours, flags and banners will result in immediate ejection from the ground and the possible instigation of criminal proceedings.