IT WAS a period of contrasts for Montrose this week as it began with a low and ended on a much needed high.
On Tuesday night the Links Park side were on the wrong side of the 1-0 scoreline against Queens Park. However, fortunes changed on Saturday when Montrose took away their first win in seven games with a 2-1 victory against Clyde at Broadwood.
During the midweek action on Tuesday it looked as though both teams would be lucky to take away a 0-0 draw. However, The Spiders managed to steal a goal in the closing minutes of the game - dashing any hopes of a point for the home side.
With some changes to the starting line-up the Gable Endies looked by far the strongest side in the first half.
Farningham said: “We did not deserve to get beat on Tuesday. During the first half we dominated completely but in the second half they came back a bit especially after the sending off.”
Down to 10 men in the 74th minute when Paul Lunan saw red for a foul on Ian Watt, Montrose managed to keep the Glasgow side at bay until the 88th minute and Jamie Longworth’s goal.
Jamie Winter had the best chance to pull a goal back in the very last moments of the game but Neil Parry held it.
Despite the sending off Farningham was impressed with Lunan’s overall performance. He said: “We needed to make a bit of a change so brought in Lunan to replace Jonathan Smart. Right up until the sending off he did really well so we might play him again in that position.”
Desperate for a win Montrose managed to achieve just that on Saturday against Clyde with goals from captain Dougie Cameron and Martin Boyle who took his 13th goal of the season.
Happy with the result manager Farningham said: “If I’m honest we have played better and lost this season. That said the players made a tremendous effort on what was a difficult pitch to play on. We had to adapt accordingly, which we did, and I think we thoroughly deserved the win.”
He added: “We changed the formation a bit and tidied up but we didn’t create as many chances as we had been doing previously.
“That said, we looked more solid and we just have to keep the goals out.”
Now preparing to face Berwick Rangers at Links Park this Saturday, the manager is hoping that they can carry forward their momentum. He said: “Hopefully we can take confidence from the Clyde result and go for two games on the bounce which I don’t think we have managed to do yet this season.”
The side will be boosted by the return of Jamie Winter after suspension however they will be without Paul Lunan. Alan Campbell looks doubtful after suffering a broken thumb and David Dimilta is still injured.
Meanwhile, the supporters’ club’s next buses are to Stranraer on Saturday, March 17, and Annan the following week, Saturday, March 24 leaving Links Park at 10am. Contact Gordon on 07927 294 439 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, March 31, a Casino night will be held at Links Park with a 7.30pm start.
Tickets are priced at £10 which includes £20 fun money and stovies. Tickets can be purchased from supporters’ club committee members, online at www.montroseclubshop.co.uk by emailing email@example.com or from the George Hotel.