There has been 32 goals scored in the last five meetings at Links Park and Peterhead manager Jim McInally hopes that his side can return to being the winners as they were in the game that kicked off the goalfest in Angus between the clubs back in December 2017.
That day Peterhead enjoyed a 6-2 success however since them McInally’s men have scored ten times but picked up no points as they have gone down 3-2 twice as well as 4-3 twice.
Jim said: “The games between the sides recently down at Montrose have been really exciting affairs. There was one where not only where there seven goals scored but everyone of them was a fantastic goal from outside of the box. It is good to be involved in exciting games but it is great to win them.”
“We are going there with confidence after a decent display at Falkirk and a win in midweek. Montrose will be a bit sore after losing two late goals against Clyde last weekend and only drawing. They will be sore about that so I am expecting a fast start from them.”
On their last visit Peterhead went down 3-2 with a certain Russell McLean scoring twice for the Gable Endies and Jim is hoping that the striker nets again but this time against the Gable Endies as he explained: “Russell produced two good finishes that day after some outstanding work from Chris Mochrie. He is a goalscorer and I am hoping he scores a double again today but for us.”
Another potential goal-grabber for Peterhead is Niah Payne who took his tally for the season to three with a double in Tuesday night’s 2-1 SPFL Trust Trophy win over Dundee B with Jim saying: “Niah is getting better with every game. His fitness levels are good and his confidence is increasing. I said he would be a big player for us this season and I still believe that will be the case.”
“I have to add that we are fortunate to have Derek Lyle pushing these guys on. Derek started in midweek and he gave one of the overage players in Dundee a torrid time. Derek put in a good old fashioned centre forward’s display and the Dundee youngsters should be looking at what he done and learning from it, I know our players are.”
Jim added: “It was great to hear fans cheering for us in midweek at an away ground. it has been a while but when both goals were scored we all felt good hearing the fans. I know the Montrose game is one that is well-attended by our supporters so hopefully we will hear them cheering again.”
Lyall Cameron is ruled out after picking up an injury playing against the Blue Toon on Tuesday night for Dundee’s B team and Derryn Kesson is a major doubt after suffering a hamstring problem in the same game.
Alan Cook and Gary Fraser remain on the side-lines with Simon Ferry doubtful with an ankle issue.
Information about attending the game from Montrose FC
Following on from the relaxation of Social Distancing rules, we can provide the following update with regards to attending Links Park this Saturday.
– CASH TURNSTILES WILL BE IN OPERATION
– ADVANCE TICKETS CAN STILL BE PURCHASED
– WE ENCOURAGE ALL SPECTATORS TO DOWNLOAD THE CHECK-IN SCOTLAND APP OR TO SCAN OUR UNIQUE QR CODE ON ARRIVAL
– SEATS AND STANDING AREAS ARE NOW UNRESTRICTED AND UNRESERVED
– HOT FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE ONCE AGAIN
– WHILST MASKS ARE NOT MANDATORY, WE DO STILL ENCOURAGE THEIR USE
– WE WILL RETAIN A SMALL AREA OF THE STAND (SECTION F REAR) AS A “SAFE” AREA FOR THOSE WHO ARE CLINICALLY VULNERABLE OR WISH TO REMAIN SOCIALLY DISTANT FROM OTHERS