No hang-over after previous week’s disaster

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THE GABLE Endies’ Jekyll and Hyde form continued on Saturday, with Dr Jekyll, the good guy, well to the fore this time.

There was a risk that last week’s ignominious Scottish Cup defeat by non-league Edinburgh City might have left a hang-over of massive proportions.

But manager Stuart Garden had not only rallied his troops but instilled in them the will to win, as was demonstrated by the cracking pace they set off at from the kick-off.

In a way, one almost felt sorry for East Stirlingshire that this was the week they should face the Montrose side in which some players, arguably, were bidding determinedly to keep their jobs.

Not surprisingly the Links Park manager was a happy man after the final whistle.

Garden was eager to praise his players, particularly for their first-half performance, which brought all three of their goals, and which overwhelmed the visitors.

He noted that East Stirlingshire changed tactics after the interval but, although Montrose no longer dominated, neither did the Falkirk side make any serious attempt on goal until their consolation, four minutes from the end.

He concluded: “We must try to put two or three results together and see how high we can go.”

On Saturday the Gable Endies make the long trip to Borough Briggs for their first encounter with Elgin City this year - the second will be only a fortnight later when Montrose entertain the Morayshire men.

Elgin are never an easy side to beat, but there is no doubt that the Montrose players have the ability to win - let us hope they retain that will.