Half-time pep-talk rescues ‘must-win’ encounter

20110129- Montrose vs Clyde. 'Montrose's Sean Crighton celebrates with team mate Paul Tosh after scoring. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,
20110129- Montrose vs Clyde. 'Montrose's Sean Crighton celebrates with team mate Paul Tosh after scoring. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,

SATURDAY’s Third Division game against bottom side Clyde was one that Montrose FC just had to win.

And despite a first half display that had manager Steven Tweed exploring the final frontiers of exasperation, by the final whistle his players had overcome their opponents with apparent ease.

Mr Tweed told us yesterday that several players had been hit by ‘flu, and the first 45 minutes was the worst display he had seen from the team.

During that half the Montrose players were sluggish and second to the ball.

But they got a wake-up call at half-time, and as Mr Tweed said: “All credit to the players. In the end the result was achieved reasonably comfortably.”

Saturday’s league fixture is away to Elgin.

The Borough Briggs men have found a bit of form and currently sit fourth in the league.

There have been two encounters between the sides this season, and both have gone the way of the former Highland League men.

The first game, at Elgin, resulted in a 3-2 win for the home side, and when the teams met at Links Park on December 11 the Moray men took the honours 1-0.

But with the Gable Endies having shown fighting spirit on Saturday this could be the one to turn the tables.

Mr Tweed is looking for players such as Paul Tosh to be fully recovered from flu, and he also wants to see a full 90 minutes of endeavour.

However, his selection options are limited, with not only himself injured, but also Jonathan Crawford, Nicky Smith, Gordon Pope and Fraser Milligan who has a hamstring problem. Chris Hegarty is suspended.

The team will therefore be broadly along the same lines as that which took the field against Clyde.

Mr Tweed remains optimistic about the outcome and hopes to give the travelling support much to cheer about.