Manner of defeat by Annan hurts angry manager

20110123- Montrose Youth Vics Team '97. 'The lads are pictured with Derek Mitchell (back 6th from left) from Guthrie Bros. who has sponsored this season's strip. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,
20110123- Montrose Youth Vics Team '97. 'The lads are pictured with Derek Mitchell (back 6th from left) from Guthrie Bros. who has sponsored this season's strip. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,

DESPITE two defeats in the past week, Montrose FC players can still hold their heads up high.

Having forced a replay against Dunfermline Athletic in the fourth Round of the Scottish Cup, the Gable Endies then showed that they had their shooting boots firmly laced when they put three past the Pars’ ‘keeper in front of his own fans.

Dunfermline breached the Montrose defence five times, but fans were left to speculate what the outcome would have been had manager and defender Steven Tweed not been substituted after sustaining a hamstring injury.

But the club has had a boost to its finances as a result of its cup run - which one might argue lasted one game longer than expected.

Much more of a cause for disappointment was Saturday’s Third Division encounter against Annan Athletic. A share of the points was cruelly wrested from the Gable Endies’ grasp by an injury-time goal - and that after an earlier incident when even the most neutral observer would have expected an Annan player to be sent off.

But Montrose could have had the game sewn up in the first half, had they taken the chances that were offered to them

The incident that had the home fans screaming at the referee happened when a visitors’ defender seemed to have clearly pushed Montrose captain Watson to the ground.

Manager Steven Tweed was incensed, and said after the game that he had never known anyone to be able to lift their hands to an opponent and stay on the pitch.

A disgusted Mr Tweed concluded: “I’ve been shown the videos and if that’s not a sending off then I’m not a footballer.”

On Saturday Montrose will be at home to bottom-of-the-table Clyde.

Although the Gable Endies have a 10-point lead over their visitors in the Third Division, nothing in football can be taken for granted and the team will have to be on full alert to prevent the wrong kind of ‘three-in-a-row’.

* 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 the match.

The price is to be subsidised by the MFC Supporters’ Club to £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 Bannerman’s pie. Names and reservations are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Those interested should contact Dave Smith on 07967010788 or tamontrose@hotmail.co.uk