MONTROSE were hoping to capitalise on their recent win against Clyde but took away just one point from Saturday’s home game against Berwick Rangers.
A goal from Martin Boyle early in the first half gave the Gable Endies the lead and for 70 minutes it looked like they would have another win. However, as the team fell apart with 20 minutes left to go it was not long until Berwick took advantage and brought the score level with ten minutes to time.
Manager Ray Farningham said: “I am disappointed not to win after going 1-0 ahead.
“We lost a goal from a set-piece and couldn’t see the game out.”
Asked what happened to make the team fall apart so close to gaining another victory Farningham said: “I honestly don’t know.
“The players just sat back and invited Berwick onto us. The game was there to be won but we lost our shape and they scored.”
He added: “We are not good enough to sit back and defend a 1-0 lead.
“I’m disappointed that points were dropped.”
Farningham admits that defence is the main problem area for the team and it is something that they will have to work to rectify in the summer transfer window. He said: “It’s definitely an issue. We have no problem going forward or in the midfield but there is definitely a problem with the defence - and that applies to the team as a whole.”
Looking forward to this weekend, the Gable Endies will make the long journey south to face Stranraer. They have not had the best results against the Stair Park side this season but Farningham hopes that they will have better fortunes on Saturday. He said: “Hopefully we start the game better than last time [Montrose were 4-0 down before coming back to equalise] but all credit to the lads they did manage to bring it back in the second half.
“Stranraer’s strength is in going forward, as is ours, so I think there will be goals.”
Although all hopes of reaching the play-offs are dashed Farningham still hopes they will finish with a good placing. He said: “In the remaining eight games, our aim is to gather as many points as possible.”
Montrose will be almost back to full strength with just Paul Lunan out due to suspension while David Dimilta is still out due to injury.