Paul Hegarty thrilled with Montrose home form

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There was a wonderful sense of deja vu on Saturday at Links Park as Montrose, again, comfortably took victory in a home fixture.

Added to that repetition is the scoresheet which, again, saw Graham Webster and Gary Fraser grab the goals to send the Gable Endies on their way to a fourth home win in League Two.

The sparkling home form contrasts heavily with their away run, with three defeats out of three on the road - though the side warranted something out of some, if not all, of those outings.

The older heads like Fraser and Webster supplements the ravenous youth in the team like Greg Pascazio and Saturday’s debutant Ryan Kenneth.

That dichotomy runs through the side and there’s an obvious togetherness that perhaps wasn’t quite there for most of last season.

This weekend’s visit of East Fife will be one of the sternest tests of the Endies’ home record but a fifth victory will be another big result in this remarkably close-run division.

Manager Paul Hegarty was pleased with the result, and hopes the form continues this Saturday.

He said: “We’re delighted with another home win. They played very well in the first half and probably should have been more than 2-0 up at half-time, we really tried to get that third goal to kill it off.

“In the second half we were ordinary by our standards but we managed to get over the line and I’m delighted for the players and the fans.

“The home form is excellent and we’re very pleased, but the away form - we always seem to lose by the odd goal so hopefully we can rectify that as soon as possible.

“Gary and Graham did well with the goals again and other players have chipped in like Watson, McCord and Campbell. It’s a real team effort from everybody and the players realise that.

“We’re looking forward to the game against East Fife.

“I’ve seen it before, all these teams are very much the same. So it comes down to who wants it most on the day, what team turns up.

“We need to roll our sleeves up and battle our corner. Gary will have them well organised.

“I had to reshuffle the back four because Matty Allan got injured playing for Dundee U20s at Links Park on Tuesday evening. When I spoke to him on the Wednesday there was a bit of doubt, he came up and got treatment but the physio ruled him out.

“We had to get our thinking caps on about what would be the best back four and we went with Andy Steeves at left centre back and young Ryan Kenneth in at left back for his full debut, and Ryan did very well.

“I told Ryan in front of everyone after the game, he’s came from the amateur ranks to be a part-time professional footballer and it’s a big step for the young lad. Hopefully he gets a few more games under his belt and we should see him in the starting lineup.

“But like everyone else it’s about people warranting a start and everyone gets a chance to do that.

“Adrian’s adapted to Scottish football very well, he knows the work ethic of the club and what’s expected of him and of everybody else so that was very pleasing to see him come on.

“He’s integrated well with the players, he’s a cheery guy and hopefully continues to do what he’s doing.”