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    Arbroath injury crisis 

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 3:05:26 AM

    Alloa manager Allan Maitland will leave it to the last minute before deciding on his team as he faces another selection headache with up to nine players missing for the trip to Gayfield. Defenders Chris Townsley and Kevin Welsh have been ruled out along with front men Mark Gilhaney, Stuart Noble and Bryan Prunty. Midfielder John Grant starts the second game of his three game ban and Mark Brown, Andy Scott and Brown Ferguson all face lunchtime fitness tests. Arbroath have always posed us difficult game, they won the first game at Recreation Park this season 1-0 on 26th September, our last visit to Gayfield in December we threw away two points after being 2-0 ahead we lost two bad goals and eventually drew 2-2, however we did manage a 1-0 victory in the return match at Recreation Park on 30th January when Bryan Prunty scored a dramatic late winner in a 1-0 victory.
    Arbroath manager Jim Weir has impressed upon his players that the side’s second division survival lies in their own hands and they must not expect other teams to do them any favours. With the Lichties’ rediscovered fighting spirit earning them a second shock win over Angus rivals Brechin on Wednesday, Weir is looking for the same level of commitment when they play host to league leaders Alloa this afternoon. He said, “Alloa are where they are on merit and are a very good side. “They, like us, have had their injury problems but they have been able to handle them very well, while also developing a habit of scoring crucial late goals. “If we can build on Wednesday’s result and continue the better home form we’ve shown recently then there’s no reason why we shouldn’t do well, and I would hope the supporters will turn up in numbers to give us their backing. Steven Doris, Steven Hislop and Robbie Ross are still struggling with injuries and on-loan defender Phil McGuire had seven stitches inserted in a nasty cut to his head during the midweek victory over Brechin. But Weir said, “Injuries are something every manager just has to deal with but I’ll be giving all my players every chance to show me they are ready to play before making any decision.”
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