Disappointment for Mo as Arbroath take the title

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MONTROSE were disappointed to bring an end to their recent run of good results succumbing to a 4-1 defeat to Arbroath at Gayfield on Saturday.

In front of a crowd of 2,143 Arbroath outplayed Montrose for the majority of the match. Despite a superb goal from Terry Masson in the second half the Gable Endies’ five-game unbeaten run came to an end.

Montrose first team coach Stuart Garden admits that the side are disappointed with the result but adds that they will now put it behind them as they go into the last two games of the season.

He said: “It’s always disappointing when you lose. We thought we might be able to go there on Saturday and win given the recent results that we have had. So we thought we could go there and add to that, but Arbroath were the better team on the day.”

With Montrose seemingly lacking the confidence they have shown in recent games, Garden admits that an early penalty for Arbroath gave them a knock. He said: “With them getting a penalty just two or three minutes into the game and going 1-0 up it didn’t help us.”

Garden also mentioned the incident which followed the full-time whistle when ‘keeper Gonzalez was seemingly pushed to the ground by Arbroath fans as they rushed onto the pitch to celebrate. He said: “He didn’t deserve what happened to him and he should have been protected by the security there but that is for the police to sort out.”

Now the Gable Endies will put the defeat behind them and look towards this Saturday’s home game against East Stirlingshire.

Garden said: “It’s a chance for us to pull further away from them in the league table and for us to get back on track.”

Montrose have no new injury worries as they go into Saturday’s game as Gordon Pope and Martin Boyle still look doubtful. However, there is a chance that Alan Campbell could make a return to the squad.

Montrose are also now looking ahead to next season and with contract talks still ongoing, manager Farningham has high hopes for his side.

He said: “Ideally, we will bring in one or two experienced players for next season but the bulk of the squad will be young and keen.”

Meanwhile the Irn-Bru ‘Tops for Youth Teams’ initiative is into the home stretch with just 10 days left to get your collected bottle tops into the collection points.

Chairman of Montrose Football Club, Derek Sim said: “It is now the last 10 days of the Irn-Bru collection and we would appreciate any support from fans, friends and family to bring in as many tops as possible.”

By collecting the plastic bottle tops from any Irn-Bru, Strathmore Spring Water and Tizer bottle you can drop them off at Links Park or one of the local collection points at Henry Hogg Newsagents, Tesco, Montrose and Costcutters, Lower Craigo Street by May 7.

Every club in the SFL is set to get a share of the investment and the team with the most bottle tops will win a whopping £10,000.