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Battle Lines are Drawn

 

Dick Campbell's table toppers come North on Saturday with the Battle Lines now clearly defined as Partick Thistle ease into third place in the table. Saturday's game is a 3:00pm start at the Caledonian Stadium and we are now anxiously looking over our shoulder at fellow bottlers Raith Rovers who remain one point behind in the battle for fourth.

MATCH/TICKET/STREAMING INFO

OFFICIAL PREVIEW

 

Venue Head2Head v Arbroath Pld Won Drn Lst For Agst + / -
Home 20 15 2 3 53 18 +35
Away 19 9 4 6 26 22 +4
Neutral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 39 24 6 9 79 40 +39
Last 10 Competitive Meetings
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Honours even over the last ten meetings but it's clear to see that the pendulum is swinging more towards the Smokies or does it just feel like that given our demise of late. Gone are the days of 7-0 thrashings and giving teams a three goal start. Mind you, gone are the days of Bon Accord...

 

Last updated: 09.03.2022 at 05:52
Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts
Midweek game saw Partick beat Queens 1-0
1. Arbroath 28 13 12 3 40 19 51
2. Kilmarnock 28 15 5 8 36 19 50
3. Partick Thistle 27 12 9 6 40 24 45
4. Inverness CT 28 10 10 8 35 27 40
5. Raith Rovers 28 9 12 7 34 34 39
6. Ayr United 28 8 8 12 29 40 32
7. Morton 28 7 10 11 30 38 31
8. Hamilton Ac. 28 7 10 11 29 43 31
9. Q.O.S. 28 6 8 14 29 41 26
10. Dunfermline 27 4 12 11 24 41 24

 

FRIDAY 11TH MARCH 19:45

Ayr United v Kilmarnock

SATURDAY 12TH MARCH 15:00

    Hamilton v Dunfermline

Inverness v Arbroath  

Morton v Partick

Queens v Rovers

With Partick Thistle beating Queen of the South 1-0 on Tuesday night, they are also making a late run for promotion and they still have a game in hand against Dunfermline. Unfortunately that also means that they are clear in third and we appear to be left with a battle on our hands against fellow flops Raith Rovers in the last chance saloon. Bid Ayrshire derby on Friday night as a resurgent Ayr United will fancy their chances against a Killie side they beat recently. For us, we will be looking for others to help out, as we have done for the last three months. There are still twenty four points up for grabs over the final eight games. However, our last eight games have yielded just four points. Yes, only 4 points. That is an abysmal stat during a run of eleven games without a win.

One win apiece and a 0-0 draw in a stiff breeze at Gayfield last time we met. Benn tight affairs this season and it would be no surprise if this one is the same. My bet is that confidence will play a big part, and we certainly lack that at present.

Last time out

We performed poorly at Partick going down to a late Kevin Holt strike after a corner. The game was played out on a midden with plenty of chances going abegging and thanks to a lack of quality only one shot on target allegedly. Poor return from nineteen strikes of the ball. Arbroath edged out Dunfermline 1-0 thanks to an early strike from David Gold. That win kept Arbroath at the top and as a result Dunfermline are bottom with a game in hand.

Latest Team News

Allardice out for season, Roddy MacGregor just a distant memory, Welsh recovering on our bench last couple of games; other than that a full squad allegedly.

Arbroath last line up and subs played:

Gaston; Stewart, Little, O’Brien, Colin Hamilton, Chris Hamilton, Gold (Craigen 69), McKenna, Linn (Thomson 47), Henderson (Hilson 75), Jack Hamilton (Donnelly 85)

 

Eric the Stat has this latest info on the Smokies since January.

Departures

Dylan Paterson - midfield on loan to Stirling Albion FC for the rest of the season

Harrison Clark - end of loan period from Livingstone for the midfielder

Joel Nouble - Influential in the 2nd January away fixture the Centre Forward has returned to Livingstone after his loan spell at Gayfield

Anton Dowds - The centre forward was on loan from Falkirk FC, ended in the January window.

Additions

Arbroath have added to their front line options with three Centre Forward players joining in the transfer period.

Craig Wighton - On loan from Dunfermline Athletic for the rest of this season

Sam Ford - arrived from Felixstowe FC on a free transfer

Michael Bakare - left the "Non League Premier" side Leatherhead FC in January and joined Arbroath in February

 

 


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Disappointing to see such a negative reaction to a decent performance and a good result against the team leading the league for most of the season. Yes, recent weeks and months have been desperat

What a pleasure and a relief to win again at last. Huge game now next week in Kirkcaldy against our rivals for the final play off place but we can take confidence not just from the result but fro

Delighted to get 3 points on the board. However, celebrating our first win in 12, against a part time team who looked like they were running on empty, as if we'd won the league, just shows how far we'

Unless it's to tell us he's resigning, Dodds needs to STFU.

Nobody gives a flying fig how well training is going, we don't win matches on the training ground.

As for the assertion that the fans haven't been doing their part?  Embarrassing ramblings from a man who still be out of his depth even if he was more than 4 feet tall.

A Chairman who openly admitted he knows nothing about running a club, with a CEO who got the dunt for forgetting to order seats for a new stand in his last job, appointments a sporting director because it was a nice thing to do, who gives the managers job to his matchday commentary buddy and then brings in the village shopkeeper to assist.

It's hard to see where it all went wrong 🤔

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Ooooooft; Killie 3 up after 16 minutes.

Ayr 1-3 KILLIE HT - Ayr down to 10 men :redcard:

Live on BBC Scotland.

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Great to hear that training is good and that all we need is some luck because apparently we've just been unlucky for the last 660 minutes. 

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6 minutes ago, Fraz said:

Get to hear that training is good and that all we need is some luck because apparently we've just been unlucky for the last 660 minutes. 

Make that 990!!

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1 hour ago, old caley girl said:

Anyone else want to scream at yet another we trained well....lol 

It's the same old guff they churn out!  They need to put the training into practice on the pitch for the full 90 plus minutes and get a win.

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According to the latest statistics from the Scottish Training League, we are running away with the title because of the way we train well before we go out and get no points, or on a good day, one point. You could play the same video before and after the last eleven games.

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Knowing us, this is the game we'll perform in and possibly win!

Anyway, I'll be watching Rugby so will only get the result and before anyone moans (though that is likely to happen on P and B rather than here, the members are friendlier here than there), I have started watching a LOT more Rugby during lockdown and that would be the case if we were in immense form etc.

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8 hours ago, caleyboy said:

Come on people - let's look forward to 3 points the morrow ! 

C'mon the Caley 

I will be there as usual hoping for our first win this year but not expecting it. 

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9 hours ago, caleyboy said:

Come on people - let's look forward to 3 points the morrow ! 

C'mon the Caley 

Fully agree with your first paragraph.

C'mon ICT !

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1 hour ago, IBM said:

I will be there as usual hoping for our first win this year but not expecting it. 

Exactly. Hope rather than expectation for me today too!

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I'd like to see us go with something like this today

Ridgers

Devine Broadfoot Deas

Pearson Carson Welsh McAlear Walsh

Hardy McKay

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Our battle now is to stay ahead of Raith Rovers for the final play off place and, assuming we manage that, to build up some confidence and momentum going into the play offs.

A win today would be a start in that quest.

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3 hours ago, bughtmaster said:

We have been saying  "a win today "   for a long time now.............

..and I will be shouting out loud before our game against Raith Rovers next week.

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