Mo are moving up

MONTROSE FC are fulfilling their promises this season and are edging closer and closer to the play-off spots.

Currently sitting fifth in the Third Division table, the Gable Endies were given a boost on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Clyde at Broadwood.

Goals for the visitors came from Craig McLeish, his first for the club, and Jamie Winter.

Montrose manager Stuart Garden said: “I’m delighted to get a win. It wasn’t a great game and neither team played particularly well, but we kept to what we had set out to do.

“I was really pleased to see the team as a unit. I thought they were excellent and well disciplined, it’s what we have been working on in training so I’m very happy with that.”

Garden added: “We have been on a decent run recently. Out of the last seven league games we have won four, drawn one and lost two and those were away to Rangers and Elgin. So it’s not been a disaster so far, we’ve got good form just now.”

Speaking after the game Jamie Winter, who recently signed a new contract that will keep him at Montrose until 2014, added: “We were far from our best. We didn’t have much rhythm to our play and I think Clyde will be disappointed that they didn’t come away with at least a point.

“Six or seven games ago we might have just settled for a draw but we were confident enough to go for a win.”

Meanwhile, the Links Park men have loaned out two youngsters to juniors sides for the remainder of this season.

Left-back Scott Gordon has returned to Dundee East Craigie with whom he had a spell with last season, while striker Dale Reid is to spend the season with Montrose Roselea.

Reid, who made his Montrose debut in the Scottish Communities League Cup tie against Dunfermline Athletic, has scored 10 goals for the Montrose Under-19 side this season. He scored on his Montrose Roselea debut against Dundee North End on Saturday in a 2-1 defeat.

Off the pitch, the club has rewarded long-time supporters Brian Petrie and Alan Kenny with associate director roles and have also appointed former player John Donachie as a club ambassador.

Chairman Derek Sim said: “Brian and Alan have given the club great support over several years and we are delighted they have agreed to join the board. John’s involvement in professional football and a career in sales and marketing will assist the club at all our matches in the future.”

This Saturday Montrose face a tough home match against fourth place Queen’s Park at Links Park, with a 3pm kick-off. Garden said: “Queen’s Park are always a decent side and they have a lot of decent players. But we are going into the game confident. Even though it won’t be easy it’s a home game and we will need to get the three points.”