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All we can do is win... and then hope for the best, says 'Lie gaffer; Junior football.

Byline: CRAIG RITCHIE

Arthurlie manager Duncan Sinclair knows his side need favours in the promotion race.

But the Barrhead boss hasn't given up hope of an immediate return to the Premiership as their season enters crunch time.

'Lie currently occupy the third and final promotion but Rossvale and Cumbernauld sit behind them with games in hand.

Sinclair's men could knock Cumbernauld out of the race tonight when they take each other on at Guy's Meadow, and then hope for Rossvale to drop points.

But all the gaffer wants is for his men to do the business and hope for a little bit of luck elsewhere.

He told Express Sport: "We know that we need Rossvale to drop points but there is really no point in concerning ourselves with them right now.

"We have two games left and if we want to go up then the least we can do is win those two matches.

"The boys have done an incredible job to even get to the point where we are in contention.

By winning the last three games we have given ourselves hope.

"I've told the boys to just go out there and play with a smile on their face and they have done that for me.

"Now all I want them to do is carry that form into the last two games and then we can sit back and see where it takes us.

"Cumbernauld will not be an easy game and I am a massive fan of the way that they play. They have a strong defence, midfield and attack... although I know that they are struggling for a goalkeeper, so we might have to take advantage of that.

"We have great lads in this dressing room and it would be an incredible achievement if they could pull this off."

Arthurlie could be without former St Mirren midfielder Craig Molloy and youngster Lee Roulston tonight as they struggle with back and knee injuries.

The pair have played a big part in the side's form this season, but Sinclair is confident others can step up to the plate.

And he has called on his side not to dwell on the past as they bid to forget a brief blip that could have huge implications on their season.

He added: "The Craigmark result last month could come back to haunt us, and that little run of form might prove costly in the end.

"But we can't let that play on our minds heading into these two games because the focus has to be purely on the here and now.

"The boys were disappointed about those games and we had a chat at the time.

"They can't change the past so there is no point in thinking about it.

"Our focus is purely on Cumbernauld and if we win that then our attentions turn to Kilsyth Rangers on Saturday.

"It has been a crazy season but one that we should all be very proud of regardless."

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:May 8, 2019
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