AGAIN on Saturday Montrose FC played the joined-up football we all know they are capable of - and managed it for the whole of the 90 minutes this time, leaving Annan’s Galabank ground with all three points despite a few last-minute scares.
One of the major plus points for the Gable Endies’ fans is that the defence held firm for the whole of the second half.
All the goals came in the first half, with the visitors opening the scoring early on courtesy of Garry Wood, only for the equaliser to come soon after from the penalty spot.
But just before the interval Jamie Winter grabbed what was to be the winning goal, also a penalty, in a game where the result properly reflected the Gable Endies’ skills.
The only downside was a leg injury sustained by Garry Wood, but there are indications that it is not as serious as it first appeared.
Although he was taken to hospital in Dumfries after being stretchered off, it was discovered that he was suffering from bad bruising rather than a fracture.
After the game Jamie Winter commented that yet again people had told him that pretty much every team Montrose have played this season have told them that they should not be in their lowly league position.
He continued, saying that it is probably the most frustrating thing that you can hear.
Jamie acknowledged that the team probably plays its best against teams nearer the top of the league, but they let themselves down against the ones they really ought to be beating.
On far too many occasions Montrose have taken the lead, then gone on to lose. The side is not often able to grind out results, but Saturday’s performance against Annan bodes well.
And there is an added incentive for the players to shine, Jamie revealed. Manager Ray Farningham has told them that they are playing for contracts next season, and he is optimistic that this will concentrate minds.
This Saturday Montrose entertain Alloa Athletic, who not only lead the Third Division, but do so by a margin of 11 points.
The Gable Endies have taken only one point off the Recreation Park side, in a 1-1 draw at home on December 3.
But if the players can retain the self-belief they showed throughout their visit to Annan, who knows what might happen.
Alloa are fairly sure of their league championship title and don’t have a huge amount to play for, but the Gable Endies could conceivably overtake Peterhead and maybe even Berwick by the end of the season.
Third Division Table
P W D L F A Pts
Alloa 30 20 6 4 55 30 66
Stranraer 30 16 7 7 71 44 55
Queens P’k 30 16 6 8 58 38 54
Elgin City 30 14 8 8 57 43 50
Annan Ath. 30 11 8 11 45 45 41
Berwick 30 9 10 11 47 52 37
Peterhead 30 10 5 15 39 51 35
Montrose 30 8 5 17 45 67 29
Clyde 30 6 9 15 30 39 27
East Stirling 30 5 6 19 34 72 21