Three goals and a clean sheet is a great home start!

ON SATURDAY the Gable Endies once again played great football - but unlike the previous week’s disappointment against East Stirling the breaks went their way and the three points stayed firmly at Links Park.

Opponents Elgin, against whom Montrose have had mixed fortunes over the years, were unable to overcome the home side’s determination to win.

Given the excellent pre-season run the club had, and Saturday’s victory, fans are now hopeful that the cup and East Stirling defeats were but a blip in the team’s resurgence.

After the game against Elgin manager Ray Farningham was delighted with the team’s performance.

He said: “I can’t fault my players. Their effort was first-class.

“It was our first home game of the season and to score three goals while keeping a clean sheet was very good.”

Defenders Stephen McNally and Jonathan Smart were both ruled out through suspension (Smart will still be out for Saturday’s game against Clyde), and Mr Farningham said the team still put up a good all-round performance.

He went on: “We only had three outfield players on the bench, one of them a youth player, but I know I have young lads who can go on and do a job.”

Thinking positively he added: “The first win of the season is good for morale, and we must build on it and go on a run.”

The Gable Endies are currently fourth in the Third Division and Saturday’s opponents, Clyde, nicknamed The Bully Wee, are lying second.

Mr Farningham said: “They have started the season well and beat Peterhead, who are fancied to be a promotion side.

“It will be a difficult game.”

The Montrose team will be very much along the same lines as Saturday’s victorious line-up.

Stephen McInally will be back in the squad, but Mr Farningham will still be without the services of Sean Pierce, who has not recovered from a groin injury.

The boss added: “It’s a tight squad and I’m still looking for a loan player to bring us up to our full quota.”

He went on to praise the faithful fans who were rewarded on Saturday.

He added: “Home or away we always get our regular support - they are always supportive of the team and very vocal, too!”

Mr Farningham is confident that the same level of support will be forthcoming for Saturday’s visit to Broadwood.