Hampden victory for Gable Endies

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MONTROSE are now six points ahead of Peterhead in the SFL Third Division, writes Sarah McLean.

Another win on Saturday, against Queen’s Park at Hampden, gave the Gable Endies another boost as they remain in third in the table.

Despite going down 1-0 before the break, Montrose fought back in the second half with two goals coming in quick succession from Leighton McIntosh and Martin Boyle.

Boss Stuart Garden said: “It was a great result for us on Saturday. But we battled hard to get the win.

“It was a hard game but I’m absolutely delighted with the lads, they showed great character to come back after going down 1-0 to come back and win 2-1.”

With Queen’s Park always proving to be a tough side for Montrose to beat, the win came at a crucial time to cement their position in the play-off spots.

Garden added: “They had most of the possession but I always felt that we could get something on the counter attack.

“In the first 20 minutes we could have been two or three up.

“We were great on the counter attack and created a lot of chances.”

Now Montrose are looking ahead to another away day this Saturday when they travel to Berwick Rangers.

The Gable Endies are currently 10 points ahead of sixth-placed Berwick in the league and have a decent record against them so far this season.

The first met at Links Park in September when the Gable Endies recorded a 2-1 win.

In October Garden’s side travelled to Shielfield Park and took away three points and a 4-1 win. Goals came from Leighton McIntosh, Jamie Winter, Scott Johnston and Lloyd Young.

But Berwick put a dampener on the start of 2013 for Montrose when they defeated them 3-1 at home on January 2 with the sole goal coming from Lloyd Young.

On Saturday Montrose will be looking for revenge and to further extend their standing.

Garden added: “We are really confident going down to Berwick.

“It’s always a really hard place to go to and it will be a tough game. There’s no easy games at Berwick.

“But we have won down there already this season so there is no reason why we can’t go down there and do it again.”

Please note there will be an earlier kick off time of 2pm for the Berwick game.