DISAPPOINTED but not dejected would be a fair way to sum up Montrose FC manager Ray Farningham when the Review spoke to him yesterday morning.
He was disappointed that his side had not come away from Annan on Saturday with at least a share of the points, because he felt that the team’s skills had matched those of the hosts at many parts of the game.
The boss said he rued the missed chances, particularly when Annan were reduced to 10 men in the second half, and the Links Park men put them under a lot of pressure.
There were good passes, but the final shot was too often a let down.
There are signs of recovery in the team’s defence, although Mr Farningham said the first Annan goal was a soft and the defence should have coped better.
The second goal, however, was excellent.
But he found it frustrating that there were so many one-to-ones with the Annan ‘keeper which did not lead to a goal.
“We must take these chances,” he emphasised.
Saturday’s league game is at home against Queen’s Park.
The sides have met once so far this season, on October 15 when the west coast side were victorious on their own ground, 3-1.
Mr Farningham is under no illusions about the task ahead.
He said: “They’re going well just now, and it will be a difficult game.
“We don’t have the best record over the last season or so.”
The boss sees Queen’s Park’s strengths as their ability to go forward in the wider areas and cause problems up front.
There are fewer problems in the selection department than in some previous weeks, with only Alan Campbell’s groin strain putting him out of the reckoning for a place.
Mr Farningham is pleased with the way East Fife loan player Lloyd Young is settling in.
He said: “He needs games to get up to full match fitness, and he will get better.”
The boss conceded that he is still looking to sign a left-sided defender but is well aware that it is all about finance.
However, he cheerfully agreed that he would rather have Montrose FC’s financial position than that of some of the Premier League teams!
The club’s website reminds us that there are still opportunities to sign up for the Player Sponsorship scheme.
The opportunity is open to both businesses and individuals, possibly those from far afield, who want to show their support for the club. The price is £100 + VAT per season and for that you will get your name displayed in the match programme and on the player’s profile on the website.
Costs are: home shirt, £100 + VAT; away shirt, £100 + VAT.
And you will receive an invitation for two to a match day buffet in the Bon Accord Lounge during the course of the season.
Contact Glynis at the club on 01674 673200 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor your favourite player.