FOR THE second time this season Montrose faced Stenhousemuir in a friendly match, this time at Links Park on Thursday night.
Unfortunately for the Gable Endies they were unable to replicate their previous score of a 2-0 win over their visitors and suffered a 2-1 loss.
Youngster Steven McPhee scored the Montrose goal.
The Gable Endies’ line-up was as follows: Andrews, McNally, Cameron, Lunan, Crighton, Winter, Dimilta, Crawford, Pierce, Johnston and McPhee. Substitutes were McGowan and Smart.
The Montrose side now go on to face Berwick Rangers at Shielfield Park on Saturday.
The last time the Links Park men met Berwick was in April this year when the Gable Endies won 1-0 away thanks to a late goal by Terry Masson.
Their meetings have been a mixed bag for the Montrose side however, as a re-arranged fixture in February proved to be Berwick’s first win of the year and indeed their first win in nine games.
With few injuries to worry about, the Gable Endies will be going into this game hoping to get back onto some winning form after a string of poor results.
And manager Ray Farningham will be hoping that his words of wisdom have been heeded by his defence. Defensive errors were to blame for the first two goals scored against the Gable Endies in their last league outing, almost a fortnight ago at home to Stranraer.
After that game, in which the team lost by six goals to nil, Mr Farningham said that getting beaten by that margin was the biggest embarrassment he had suffered in football.
He also called for players to toughen up their mental approach when the other team is on top.
Their Saturday opponents, Berwick, have sold midfielder Paul Currie to Hamilton Academicals. They refused an offer the day before the transfer deadline but Accies submitted an improved offer which was accepted.
A Berwick spokesman said: “He goes with best wishes and it is a great move for him to full time football, something he had expressed a desire to do.”
Whether his departure weakens the side remains to be seen on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Montrose FC Chairman Derek Sim is still calling for a sponsor for the away strip. Due to circumstances outwith the club’s control they have so far not been able to confirm one.
Mr Sim said: “We would be delighted to hear from any company interested in supporting the club and they can contact me to discuss the options available.”
He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.