Jekyll and Hyde

Martin boyle visits Edward Hegerty at his home at Letham Grange on Saturday with a signed program and a mug.
Martin boyle visits Edward Hegerty at his home at Letham Grange on Saturday with a signed program and a mug.

SATURDAY’S result at Ochilview invoked what some of us recall as ‘That Sandy Lyle Moment’.

The phrase came about 20-odd years ago when Sandy was winning tournaments such as the US Masters, and he was the darling of the golfing public.

And in fairness, to many of his fans he still is their darling.

But there was a recognition that if Sandy scored a blistering 64 in the first round of a tournament, he was perfectly capable of producing a blistered 84 in the second.

Get the connection?

Compare Montrose FC’s flawless 4-0 victory against Clyde on January 14, with the hapless 3-1 loss to the bottom club, East Stirlingshire, in their next outing.

But it should be said in fairness that the wind conditions were horrendous, and that only 248 spectators braved the great outdoors to attend the game.

Manager Ray Farningham expressed frustration after the final whistle, and said that although conditions had not been good, the outcome had been a missed opportunity.

He was quick to praise the East Stirling players, and said that their young team had taken their chances and handled the conditions better than their more experienced opponents.

The boss expressed disappointment that his players had not been more successful at keeping the ball low and controlling the game that way.

While in no way blaming the referee for the outcome, Mr Farningham did say that a turning point had come when what the Montrose supporters thought was a definite Gable Endies’ penalty claim was turned down, but within a few minutes East Stirlingshire had been awarded a spot kick.

Looking on the bright side, the Gable Endies maintained their enviable record of having scored in every competitive game they have played since August 27, when Stenhousemuir kept a clean sheet against them.

And all credit to Jamie Winter for keeping his head when handed the penalty kick that saved just a few of his side’s blushes.

On Saturday, Mr Farningham’s men travel to Alloa for a Division Three encounter with the current table-toppers.

The teams have met twice in the present season, with the Wasps having the edge; they had a 4-2 victory at home on September 24, but could only manage a 1-1 draw when they visited Links Park on December 3.

And for statisticians of a masochistic nature, the Recreation Park men have exactly double Montrose’s points - 42 opposed to 21.

However, on a positive note, the Review has learned that top striker Martin Boyle has signed a contract to continue playing for the Links Park side for the next 18 months.

Boyle is the club’s most prolific goal scorer, with 10 to his credit.