Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren was delighted to see Darren Smith score a hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Montrose at Links Park on Saturday.
The 27-year-old former Motherwell forward joined us for a second spell from Stenhousemuir at the start of 2014/15 but missed much of the campaign with a knee injury and his first start of the current season came in the recent Scottish Cup win over Cumbernauld Colts.
McLaren said: “I’m really pleased for Darren because he has had a tough time with injury over the past year or so. He’s worked really hard to get back to fitness and we showed faith in him in the summer because we know he is a quality player.
“He took his goals well and is a nightmare for defenders because he plays on the shoulder and has that pace that can take him away from players.
“It was also good for Sean Dickson to get two assists because he would be the first to say he didn’t reach the levels he is capable of earlier in the season.
“Overall it was a solid team performance – Montrose had a good chance to equalise but other than that I felt we were always in control of the game.
“There is plenty of belief among the squad going into the Annan match on Saturday but obviously they will be confident as well given that they are coming to Forthbank as league leaders.”