Montrose have “got to win” against Peterhead

Montrose Football Club supporters Player of the Month for August is Martin Boyle, who is seen being presented with his award by Rob Lee (left), from sponsors Sanctuary, and Graham Christieson.
Montrose Football Club supporters Player of the Month for August is Martin Boyle, who is seen being presented with his award by Rob Lee (left), from sponsors Sanctuary, and Graham Christieson.

IT WAS yet another disappointing result for Montrose manager Ray Farningham on Saturday when Montrose were defeated 4-2 by Alloa.

Despite a strong start and numerous chances, Montrose were faced with the same problems that have plagued them for most of the season.

Mr Farningham blames a lack of concentration in the second half and key decisions going against the team for the poor result.

He said: “In the first half we did well, getting two goals isn’t easy against Alloa. Unfortunately we could have been 3-2 ahead but decisions went against Martin Boyle.

“It was the linesman’s mistake and the goals were onside so that was disappointing. He could have got a hat-trick and we would have been 3-2 up.”

He added: “We didn’t start the second half well and Alloa came out strong.

“Some were not doing their job properly defensively and there was a loss of concentration.”

The loss of concentration as the game progresses seems to be one of the key problems Mr Farningham will need to address with his squad.

He said: “I think the lack of concentration is definitely a problem, I don’t know if it’s a part-time thing or not.

“They need to take more responsibility. We’ve lost out a lot following set-pieces and cheap penalties and the team as a whole have got to do better.”

The next game will be Peterhead at Links Park and it is clear that only a win will do.

Mr Farningham said: “We’ve got to win this one. It’s a home game, hopefully they will be more switched on.

“There are ex-players from either side in each team so that always adds something to the game.

“They just have to concentrate more and be more streetwise.”

The only injury worry at the moment is David Dimilta who it is hoped will be back in training this week.

Meanwhile the suspended Jonathan Smart will make a return.

Mr Farningham said: “He’s missed three games so hopefully he will have learnt his lesson. He’s experienced enough to know better and I hope to see better things from him.”

Scottish Third Division

P W D L F A Pts

Annan 7 6 0 1 17 10 18

Alloa 7 5 1 1 15 10 16

Stranraer 7 5 0 2 18 9 15

Elgin 7 4 0 3 11 9 12

Berwick 7 3 1 3 14 13 10

Clyde 7 3 1 3 9 9 10

Queen’s Park 7 2 2 3 9 12 8

Montrose 7 2 0 5 9 16 6

Peterhead 7 1 1 5 8 13 4

East Stirling 7 1 0 6 4 15 3