Promising warm-up

Deep thought for the weeks and months ahead as lessons are learned at Alloa.
Deep thought for the weeks and months ahead as lessons are learned at Alloa.

Montrose played the second game of their pre-season fixtures, and having narrowly lost 1-0 to neighbours Brechin City on Saturday, manager George Shields was still looking to strengthen his squad before the start of the season.

He included five ‘trialists’ against SPFL Championship side Alloa Athletic at Recreation Park on Tuesday evening. At this stage of the season it is more about match fitness and sharpness rather than the results but on the evening his players can be disappointed not take anything away from the game and could have earned a draw right at the end – but the experienced Terry Masson fired over the bar when it looked easier to score.

Stuart McKenzie was in goal replacing Trialist Matthew McGinlay who had been between the posts against Brechin City. Ross McCord started the game in which his brother Ryan lined up for The Wasps.

Alloa opened brightly and Greig Spence who recently returned to Recreation Park for a second spell tussled with Stuart McKenzie for the ball and looked to open his account for a second time with The Wasps.

Garry Wood had Montrose’s best chance in the first half but blasted high and wide of the goal. The home side took the lead when Eddie FERNS latched on to an inch-perfect pass from Trialist Steven Hetherington from Motherwell. Ferns’ speed on the break had been causing Montrose problems .

At half-time, manager George Shields made four changes for the second half, introducing three trialists along with Terry Masson playing his first game in the pre-season. Although the home side had the lion’s share of possession the visitors never gave up and in the closing minutes Terry Mason looked likely to score and achieve a creditable draw, but his shot flew high over the bar.