IF IT was not for the previous week’s handsome victory over East Stirlingshire, it is possible that the loyal Montrose FC fans would have little hope to cling to.
But the evidence is there in black and white, a 3-1 victory over the Falkirk team on October 6.
Sadly, this form did not continue to the game which took place seven days later at Borough Briggs, and the Gables Endies were well and truly gubbed, 6-1.
Manager Stuart Garden had the luxury of starting the game with precisely the same line-up as the previous week, even down to the substitutes.
Whether too much store was set on this, to the exclusion of a Plan B, is impossible to say, but it was only seven minutes into the game when Plan A went out the window and Montrose were forced into an early change.
Paul Lunan was injured and had to be replaced by Phil McGuire in the centre of defence.
Things went from bad to worse and, if one may confuse metaphors, the Elgin side drove a coach and horses through the Gable Endies’ defence, while the visitors weren’t even at the races.
But let’s not look at this result in isolation, rather let us view it in the context of the Third Division as a whole.
Montrose are not the only side in that league with a miserable away record, still to record a win on their travels.
No fewer than six teams are in the same position: Montrose, Annan Athletic, Berwick Rangers, Stirling Albion, East Stirlingshire and Rangers.
Indeed, had Montrose been victorious on Saturday they would have been just one point in the table behind the last-named and rather more illustrious side.
But let us look optimistically to the future, no further than Saturday, in fact.
At 3pm on Saturday Montrose and Stirling Albion will kick off at Forthbank Stadium for their first meeting of the season.
The home side has also started the season in a manner that has their fans holding their heads in their hands.
Whilst it might be cruel to say that Stirling Albion are probably bad enough to beat, and rejoice thereat, faith often has humble origins.