Boss optimistic despite tough draw

MONTROSE manager Ray Farningham is confident that Montrose can progress in the William Hill Scottish Cup despite their tough third round draw.

The Gable Endies will travel to Somerset Park on Saturday, November 19, to face First Division side Ayr United.

Farningham said: “It would have been better if we had a home fixture but we want to progress so we will go there and give it a shot.

“We are the underdogs here so the pressure is on the home team to win.

“Hopefully we will be able to go there and play to our full potential.”

Looking ahead to Saturday and league business he added: “East Stirlingshire were our first game this season and we got defeated, while that has been their only win.

“We are at home so hopefully we can take the three points and play like we did against Clyde in the cup.

“We have won two out of our last three games. If we win this one it will be three out of four so we’re having a good wee run.

“After this weekend hopefully we can take it from there.”

Meanwhile, Montrose were without a competitive game at the weekend due to Elgin’s rescheduling for their Scottish Cup replay against Fraserburgh.

Farningham said: “We managed to schedule in a bounce game on Saturday against Kirrie Thistle and it gave some of the lads who haven’t played much recently a chance.”

The Elgin match has now been rescheduled for Tuesday (November 8) at Borough Briggs with a 7.45pm kick off.