Their respective league campaigns may be following differing fortunes, but Paul Hegarty isn’t expecting an easy ride against Arbroath on Saturday.
Montrose head into the derby fixture with their tails up after an impressive start to the season.
Arbroath, on the other hand, have struggled to match the explosive start they made last season and currently sit third bottom of League Two - but just five points off Montrose.
Boss Hegarty ensured there would be no rustiness ahead of the game by organising a bounce game with Forfar on Friday evening while the rest of the country broke off for the international break.
“We’re going into the game with confidence but we know playing Arbroath at Gayfield will be a test for us,” said Hegarty. “Todd Lumsden has them picking up results again so it’ll be a really tough and difficult game.”
Montrose have had the edge in recent fixtures between the clubs with two wins and a draw in the previous three meetings.
The game at Links Park earlier in the season ended in a 3-0 home win.