Montrose star Terry Masson: defeat to the Shire would be dire

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Terry Masson says it’s paramount that Montrose don’t lose to East Stirling this weekend after defeat at Berwick Rangers.

The experienced midfielder thinks the Gable Endies aren’t yet feeling the pressure despite that 1-0 loss to ninth-placed Rangers, but said they definitely will be if they go and lose to the Shire this Saturday.

Masson wasn’t sure why it happened but believes a poor start at Shielfield left Montrose on the back foot all afternoon.

He said :“It was a disappointing game in the end because obviously it was an opportunity for us to try and get a gap between ourselves and Berwick. I don’t know why but for whatever reason, we couldn’t start the game well.

“Last week we got off to a great start but we just weren’t able to do it this week.

“Second half we were more like ourselves and had a few chances, but probably over the whole 90 minutes they deserved the win because they were slightly better than us.

“Obviously we have had a bit of form and we showed some of that on Saturday as well, but I think hopefully it’s just a little slip up and we can get back on track next week.

“It’s a strange league. It’s tough because when you put a few wins together you start looking up the table, but then if you are on the end of a few bad results you are looking at the teams below trying to close the gap.

“I don’t think we’re going to be any more nervous than we have been since the start of the season, because we’ve always sort of been in a similar position as we are just now.”

Terry reckons the worst thing would be a second defeat in as many games, but believes Montrose are capable of beating the Shire - so long as they play at their best.

He added: “It makes next week an even bigger game for us now because we have to take something from it. If they take anything from the game we’ll be feeling the pressure a bit more maybe, because of obviously East Stirling will be closer to us which they’ve not been for the past few weeks.

“Before the Berwick result we were looking the other way, we were looking at the play-offs above us. I think if we’d got something off of Berwick and then East Stirling we’d have been very comfy.

“The last thing we want is two defeats because then we will become very nervous. It depends who turns up on the day, there’s no team much better than anybody in this league.

“We know what East Stirling are like but if we turn up on the day we will win.

“There’s not a standout team from top to bottom, there’s very little between each team and it’s about who turns up on the specific day.

“I think it’s the sort of problem with part-time teams, getting any kind of consistency is difficult.”