Contrast in ambitions

Last updated : 02 October 2011 By Fargone

ambitionFrom the Sunday Mail :  PAUL SHEERIN saw his men hold on to top spot - then insisted survival is STILL the target for Arbroath.

Josh Falkingham drew the Red Lichties level after Thomas O'Brien had given Cowdenbeath a firsthalf lead.

And while Arbroath failed to convert their second-half pressure into goals they are now top after eight games.

But Sheerin said: "I set a target in the summer and will say it again - survival is our aim. Anything else is a bonus.  "Our only focus is getting the points on the board that mean we're safe.

"I hope we are still top after our next game with Forfar and by then we'll have had a look at every team in the league."

Arbroath were first to threaten after five minutes as Steven Doris robbed Dean Brett before firing over.  Cowden claimed Marc McKenzie's cross was blocked by Keith Gibson's hand but their penalty appeal was denied.

Then home keeper Darren Hill made a fingertip save to prevent a curling cross from Scott Linton finding the net.  Linton's crossing caused all sorts of problems and Doris almost hit an own goal trying to clear the Fifer's corner.

And Linton made the opener for Colin Cameron's side in 19 minutes, setting up O'Brien to slam home from 10 yards.

Arbroath were limited to shots from distance. Gavin Swankie forced a low save out of Thomas Flynn but Falkingham couldn't keep down his 25-yard effort.  Doris missed a golden chance to level before the break, racing on to a Gibson through ball before slipping the ball past an advancing Flynn.   But as he went off to celebrate, the ball skidded the wrong side of the post.

Cowden started brightly in the second period. Hill denied Jon Robertson from 20 yards and defender John Armstrong missed a sitter from six yards.

They were left to rue that miss in 57 minutes. Swankie's 25-yard free-kick crashed off a post and Falkingham reacted quickest to tap in the rebound.

Cowden were under pressure as Kieran McAnespie's 25-yard piledriver flew inches wide and Doris then had a shot blocked by defender O'Brien. 

Cameron said: "The boys are very disappointed. It shows they have the same ambition as me - to win this league."