Montrose back on track with three-goal victory

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MONTROSE returned to winning ways after taking an early three-goal lead against bottom of the league East Stirlingshire on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from youngsters Daryl Nicol, a penalty, and two from recent signing Sean Pierce ensured that the Gable Endies took away the much needed three points from the game.

Manager Ray Farningham was on holiday to celebrate his 50th birthday on Saturday so first team coach Stuart Garden took charge for the Links Park fixture.

Garden said that he was pleased with the first half performance of the team but admitted they lost some momentum in the second half.

He commented: “It was a good win and good to get back on track after last week. In the first half we performed well but in the second we got a bit slack.

“There was a lot of passing and movement in the first half and I think maybe we got a little bit complacent in the second half but we still took away a win from the game.”

Overall, however, he was pleased with the team’s performance, continuing: “I thought they did really well, they all looked sharp.”

He also praised the performance of new boy Pierce after a good display in his first start for the Gable Endies.

“It was a good finish by Pierce for his second. He has done well when he has come on for us but that was his first start and his first goals.

“He did really well in the first half but started to tire a bit in the second. He’s not played a full 90 minutes for a while so that was to be expected. We were really pleased with his performance.

“Sean had a trial with us pre-season but at that time we had strikers in place. When we needed a striker towards the end of the transfer window we went back for him.

“He is playing with us as an amateur and he is certainly worth having another look at.”

Garden was also full of praise for scorer Daryl Nicol, remarking: “Daryl did really well during the game, he’s worked hard in games this season and he really deserved to get his goal on Saturday.”

And Garden reinforced what manager Farningham said last week as Montrose look to strengthen their squad with a mixture of youth and experience.

He said: “We want to push on next season and would like to bring in two or three experienced boys.

“We are a young side and we need someone to talk the young lads through the game.”

Meanwhile Montrose are looking ahead to this Saturday’s match against Queen’s Park at Hampden with hopes of taking away another three points to end the season on a high.

Garden said: “The team should have taken confidence from the win against East Stirling so hopefully we’ll do well this weekend.”

With Gordon Pope and Alan Campbell back in the side following injury it is just youngster Martin Boyle who looks doubtful.

Garden said: “There might be a chance of Boyle coming back for the game on Saturday but with a hamstring injury you can’t be too careful and we don’t want to risk it for the last game of the season.”