Montrose head in to Saturday’s League Two meeting with East Stirlingshire just a point above their opponents who lie at the foot of the table.
Manager Paul Hegarty is aware of just how important taking all three points from the game could be otherwise his side could find themselves in a tough situation.
“It’s another massive game for us. We sit just a point ahead of East Stirling who have two games in hand over us. It’s a game that we’ve got to make sure we pick up the three points from.
“Our record over the past two months has been very poor as everyone knows and we need to start picking up wins if we want to make our way up the league otherwise we’ll be in a difficult situation.”
Mo didn’t have the start to the New Year they were after as Bobby Linn and Mark Whatley struck to give Arbroath a 2-0 victory at Links Park to leave the home side without a win in eight games but Hegarty believes they had the chances to take something from the game.
“We started off the game on Saturday very brightly; we had a few corners and a few chances but we didn’t capitalise on them and we were made to pay. The players had been told before the game that Bobby Linn is a very good player for Arbroath and that he was going to be a danger.
“You have to give him credit for the goal he scored though when he brought it inside past the full back and hit his shot into the top left hand corner. So you have to give credit where credit is due for that one.
“After that we had a solid period in the game and we had the advantage of the wind behind us but we didn’t make the most of that. In the second half we didn’t pose enough problems or ask enough questions of their back four and goalkeeper.”
The derby marked the final game in a Montrose shirt for experienced player Scott Johnston as he heads down south to pursue career opportunities in London.
Hegarty said: “Scott Johnston will be a very big loss for us. He has been here for something like five years and has played 170 games which is fantastic because it’s unique now for a player to spend any real length of time at just one club.
“He was an experienced campaigner and a player who has played in several positions and he would perform brilliantly no matter what you asked of him.
“He was a model professional but he’s got job commitments down in England so he’s taken the opportunity and we wish him all the best because he will be a big loss but we will just have to get on with it.