Right back in contention - press analysis

Last updated : 17 January 2011 By Fargone

sheerinheraldFrom the P&J:

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Sheerin’s men turn it around at Berwick

ARBROATH player manager Paul Sheerin is keeping an open mind on the race for the Third Division title.

But after the demolition of Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park he said: “We are definitely back in the mix at the top but I am too long in the tooth to say we are in with a chance of the automatic promotion spot. This was a massive result for us and a tremendous turnaround considering we lost heavily at Shielfield early in the season.”

“I rate Berwick as one of the better teams in the league so I knew it was going to be difficuilt and even more so with the conditions as they were.”

The victory was the first reverse on home territory this season for Berwick whose only other defeat away from home was at Arbroath.

Berwick had a slight edge in the opening spell with Darren Gribben twice testing goalkeeper Darren Hill while Steven Notman was only denied by a goalline clearance just before the break.

But Arbroath struck a killer blow with three goals in an 11-minute period midway through the second half.

Gavin Swankie pounced on a mistake by Andy McLean to slot home the opener in 67 minutes.  Two minutes later David Greenhill lost possession in midfield and Swankie latched on to the loose ball before neatly tucking it away.

Another mistake paved the way for Ross Chisholm to bag the third in 78 minutes.   That left Keith Gibson to complete the demolition job with three minutes remaining

from the Sunday Mail:

ARBROATH player-manager Paul Sheerin reckons their sensational rout over Berwick has put them back into the title race.

A Gavin Swankie double and further goals by Ross Chisholm and Keith Gibson helped the Red Lichties get revenge for their 4-1 defeat at the same ground earlier in the campaign.

And Sheerin said: "This is a massive result for us particularly in view of the fact we lost heavily at Shielfield earlier in the season "It puts us right back in contention for the league."

Both sides squandered chances in the first half before Swankie broke the deadlock after he cashed in on a mistake by Andy McLean.

In 70 minutes he added to his tally following David Greenhill's error. Chisholm then bagged the third in 78 minutes leaving Gibson to wrap up the scoring late on.