TO DESCRIBE the manner of Montrose’s Division Three defeat by Annan Athletic on Saturday as ‘devastating’ would be a gross understatement.
First, a justified victory was plucked from the Gable Endies’ grasp by an equalising goal six minutes from time.
As the 90 minutes came and went, it looked as if the home side was going to have to settle for a share of the points.
Then disaster struck, as the visitors’ McKechnie headed home, deep into stoppage time.
Manager Ray Farningham told the Review that his side had played well in the first half and could have been ahead by more than the odd goal in three.
He continued: “In the second half there was not much between the sides, and it looked as if the game would peter out with no real chances, and us delighted with the points.
“But disaster struck when the ball ricochetted into the path of Gibson and he scored.”
The boss conceded: “The final goal was the result of bad defending on our part, a lack of concentration.”
However, the Annan result is now history, and the next item on the Links Park side’s agenda will be Saturday’s league game, away to second-placed Alloa Athletic.
Mr Farningham said: “The team is not playing badly, but we are just not getting the rub of the green.
“Saturday’s opponents, Alloa, are going well, and were pre-season favourites for the league.”
Then he reminded us of the Berwick result, winning 2-1 against the Wee Rangers despite their opponents taking an early lead.
He continued: “There is no reason why we should not take the points just as we did in that game. We must think positively.
“The players are certainly not playing badly, but we need the breaks.
“We just need to keep working hard as a team.”
Once again, Mr Farningham is restricted to some extent in his team selection.
Jonathan Smart is still suspended, although Terry Masson is now available again.
There is a question mark over Jamie Winter’s fitness, and Mr Farningham revealed that he is suffering from a knee injury.
The boss is still looking to add to his squad, although he is realistic about the financial implications. He said: “I have tried unsuccessfully to attract a couple to the club, but I am still on the look-out and will be making further inquiries. But it may be that we will only be able to afford one new player.”
Mr Farningham again paid tribute to the supporters who shout for their team through thick and thin, adding that the away support is particularly appreciated by the players.
Scottish Third Division
P W D L F A Pts
Annan 6 5 0 1 16 10 15
Alloa 6 4 1 1 11 8 13
Stranraer 6 4 0 2 17 9 12
Elgin 6 4 0 2 11 8 12
Clyde 6 3 1 2 8 5 10
Berwick 6 2 1 3 10 12 7
Queen’s Park 6 2 1 3 8 11 7
Montrose 6 2 0 4 7 12 6
Peterhead 6 1 0 5 7 12 3
East Stirling 6 1 0 5 4 12 3
Montrose FC supporters club are running a bus to Alloa on Saturday, leaving Links Park at 11am.
To book a place e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Gordon on 07927294439.
Meet the manager
On Thursday (September 22), there is a ‘Meet the Manager’ in the Willie Johnston Lounge at 6.30pm.