After the five star performance last week against Elgin City, Montrose were brought crashing down to earth as they went down 1-0 at Berwick Rangers.
It was a crucial ‘must win’ game for Berwick who are fighting to steer clear of 10th place and their energy levels were much higher than those of Montrose on the day.
Even so they struggled to turn their play into goals but as the game wore on it was always possible for them to see a kindly bounce and take the points.
The first piece of action saw Berwick win a free kick wide left but it was hit high and wide.
Jordan Millar made a great save from Henderson but conceded a corner which was cleared easily.
So far the arial threat from Berwick was being dealt with but ominously big Henderson was getting on the end of some good balls in and you sensed he would strike eventually.
On the 20 minute mark Gary Fraser hit a 20 yarder just over the bar but that was a rare Montrose foray into enemy territory in the first half, yet despite much possession Berwick themselves rarely threatened Millar’s goalmouth.
Then came two very close Berwick efforts as headers narrowly passed the right side of the post from the Montrose point of view.
Then there was a catastrophe for Montrose as Fraser was substituted on 35 minutes suffering from illness and the main goal threat appeared to go with him as Templeman was left up front without the ever willing Fraser to run off him. The second half started slowly but again Berwick were sharper but without a serious cutting edge.
On the hour mark Sandy Cunningham should have given Berwick the lead when he was put clean through and as he rounded the onrushing Millar he dragged his shot across the open goal and back into play off the foot of the far post.
Berwick almost paid the price for that miss as Mallagaray in pushing more forward found Ferguson in space but his shot went high and wide following a deflection.
From another corner Templeman headed well over the bar.
Then came the stroke of luck Berwick were praying for.
They won a free kick in a dangerous position wide left for an inswinger to the assembled tall guys of Berwick.
The kick was taken by Graham and it was a poor one easily cleared by Montrose. The referee however had other ideas, and ordered the free kick to be re-taken.
The second time it was a much better delivery and that man Henderson got on the end to send the ball hard and fast past Millar into the bottom corner.
Throughout the 90 minutes Berwick shaded it but without ever dominating.