MONTROSE continued their winning streak on Saturday with a 3-2 victory over fourth place Stranraer, writes Sarah McLean.
An excellent first half display from the home side gave them a two-goal lead within the first 15 minutes.
A Daryl Nicol penalty in the 11th minute ensured an early advantage which was added to by Dougie Cameron just two minutes later.
The Blues came out fighting in the second half, however, and they managed to pull back a goal in the 54th minute.
Ten minutes later, Nicol scored again to restore the Gable Endies’ two goal lead. This didn’t last when Stranraer responded again with a Declan Gallacher header to make the final score 3-2.
Montrose boss Ray Farningham is delighted with the form that has seen his side take away three wins and a draw from their last four games.
He said: “The first 45 minutes was as good as we have played all season. Some of our football was a joy to watch and our passing and movement was exceptional.
“On our day we are a match for anyone in this league and today it all came together.
“Even in the second half we still kept the pressure on and still felt confident. I think we could have got another two or three goals.”
“We knew Stranraer would come out strong in the second half and they made a right good game of it, but we thoroughly deserved our win.
“Some of my players were suffering from a sickness bug. Aaron Sinclair and Dougie Cameron didn’t feel well at half-time, but credit to them for wanting to stay on.
“Nicol’s second was a great goal. He has come in and done very well in recent weeks.
“The players are enjoying the game and the fans were cheering.
“This is how it should be as the game is all about entertainment.”
Montrose are now looking ahead towards this Saturday’s derby fixture against Arbroath at Gayfield.
Farningham said: “We just need to keep the momentum going and get as many wins and points as possible from the last few games.
“Of course there is some extra spice with this game since it’s Arbroath and the local derby.
“We still have Pope, Boyle and Campbell out with injury, but McNally will be back from suspension.”
The MFCSC will be running a bus to the match leaving Links Park at 2pm and leaving Gayfield straight after the game.
Like earlier games this season, MFC and MFCSC are keen to get as many fans along to the game as possible to get behind the lads. They would encourage all to consider using the bus rather than cars or trains and as such have provided the subsidised prices of £5 or adults and £2.50 for under 16s.
MFC have kindly agreed to open the bar at Links Park from 12.30pm and will provide some catering free of charge. This means fans can enjoy a few drinks in a friendly atmosphere knowing that all money goes straight to MFC instead of Arbroath bars.