DISAPPOINTMENT was the order of the day on the long road back to Montrose after Saturday’s narrow defeat at Elgin.
Manager Steven Tweed said he was happy with his side’s first half performance, and that a couple of good chances had been created, as well as shots that were blocked.
Before the game, he had recognised that it was going to be a tough encounter playing City on their home patch.
But this defeat made it three out of three for the Borough Briggs men against the Gable Endies this season, with only one more game to come between the sides, at Links Park on April 2.
Mr Tweed agreed that there was far less between the sides than the destination of the points suggested: “The team at the top makes fewer mistakes. It’s as simple as that!”
And as if the long journey to Elgin was not bad enough, on Saturday the Montrose players must set off for the south-west of Scotland, to take on Stranraer, recently demoted from the top of the Third Division by Arbroath, and desperate to regain their momentum.
But the omens are good.
When the teams met on October 2 the visiting Gable Endies inflicted a 2-1 defeat on the Stair Park men. And on the return fixture at Links Park, just seven days later, the outcome was an exciting three-all draw, the home side coming back from being three goals down.
Mr Tweed believes that Montrose have one of the best records against Stranraer, having been the only visitors to go home with full points, and hopes that the hosts remember that!
Team options are much as last week, with Ross McCord’s flu hopefully gone, Jonathan Crawford playing a half-hour in reserve game this week and Gordon Pope and Nicky Smith a week off returning. Mr Tweed is available for selection.
He commented that the team is always developing and: “We have got to learn to grind out ugly results!”
This Saturday will be an even longer day for the Montrose players and staff than the Elgin game. In order to be in Stranraer in time they have to leave at about 8am. And by the time those travelling have eaten after the game, and players from all over have been dropped, it could be after 10pm before the day is over.
Supporters’ sponsorship day
Montrose FC Supporters’ Club has reserved a number of tables for February 19 as the match and ball sponsor for the game against Berwick Rangers.
It’s a great opportunity to enjoy a meal and few drinks with fellow Montrose supporters in the Bon Accord Lounge before taking in the match.
The price is to be subsidised by the MFC Supporters’ Club to a price of £20 per person for those with season tickets and £30 per person for those without.
This great value deal includes drink on arrival, programmes, tea and coffee and half-time Bannermans pie.
Names and reservations are being taken on a first come, first served basis. Those interested should contact Dave Smith on 07967 010788 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MFCSC will be hosting its annual quiz night on Friday, March 4, in the Bon Accord Lounge, starting at 7pm.
Quizmaster Alan Pirie will run through a series of general knowledge and topics. Teams of will compete against fellow supporters for the top prize.
Those interested in entering should e-mail email@example.com or contact Stuart Maxwell on 07834 370448.