After a start-stop beginning to 2015 with postponements, Roselea hoped to get back on track when Dundee North End came to Broomfield Park on Saturday.
Roselea were looking to extend their current run of winning form in the mcbookie.com East Premier League, whilst North End came searching for points after finding themselves at the wrong end of a tight table - unlike when the two sides met in October, near the start of Roselea’s great run.
The home side had a couple of big absentees in Collier and Reid, and for the visitors’ Scott McComiskie, a big player, still recovering from a broken leg.
Despite the weather improving it turned out to be a bitterly cold day at Broomfield with a cross wind going to cause difficulty.
North End were involved in the first chance of the game in five minutes when a long cross was almost met by Gibb, but he was given offside in any case.
In 10 minutes Anderson broke down the right hand side and with three men in the middle he clipped the ball in and a North End defender cleared as Mitchell looked to take the ball down.
Gibb had an excellent chance to put the visitors ahead in 15 minutes when Rae was robbed in midfield and the ball broke to the striker, leaving him one-on-one with Mcleod; however, he tried to chip McLeod but his weak effort was easily held by the ‘keeper.
In 16 minutes Craig Anderson was gifted a great chance when Smart played the ball straight to him. However as he bore down on goal he squared to Watson to knock home but Stewart had tracked back to get a tackle in.
North End had the next attempt in 28 minutes when a free kick was headed goalwards by Johnathon Smart and Mcleod had to climb to clutch the ball from the top corner of the goal.
Calum Watson had a great chanced to get the opening goal on the half-hour when he caught Smart napping, but the ‘keeper stood up well as he tried to curl the ball around and into the net.
North End conjured something out of nothing when Gibb shot from a tight angle and although it didn’t look dangerous Mcleod palmed the ball with one hand and it came down off the bar before Taylor cleared.
North End had the last chance of the first half but yet again the ball was scooped over the bar.
Half-time: Montrose Roselea 0, Dundee North End 0.
North End also had the first chance of the second half when Reoch was dispossessed on the byeline by Gibb and he cut the ball back to Nije who shot goalwards. When Mcleod spilled the ball it took a good tackle from Taylor to clear the danger.
But it was one-nil for North End in 55 minutes and the goal had been seen coming over the horizon. A corner was cleared and the right back went on a great run from the half-way line before sending a great cross to the far post which was chested home by NIJE.
Roselea made a change on the hour mark with McDowell replacing Findlater. They then made another change in 75 minutes with Stephen Greig coming on for Calum Rae.
In 78 minutes Mitchell put in a great far post cross and Whyte seemed to be impeded as he tried to attack the ball but referee Traynor did not agree.
A minute later Roselea got back level with a goal out of nothing. A free kick was given in a central area and Tringham met Anderson’s free kick with a header which fell to Calum WATSON, who managed to hook the ball in off the post with an acrobatic effort.
Both sides pushed in the remaining minutes with Roselea looking in danger at the back as they pushed bodies forward as they hunted for the win but both sides had to settle for a point.
This was a very frustrating performance from the home side against a very poor North End side. It was more of a point gained as it was not a classy performance. Both sides missed chances before the deadlock was broken.
With St Andrews and Dalkeith both drawing Roselea did not lose any ground at the top of the Table but they will need to improve if they are to maintain a challenge.
The result keeps Roselea’s unbeaten League run going and they now have 10 games undefeated.
Roselea will travel to Kings Park, Dalkeith on Saturday to face third placed Dalkeith Thistle in the League. Roselea will be running a bus which will leave the Golf Inn at 11 a.m. Supporters are welcome to travel, however they need to contact the club to book a seat.
Roselea: Mcleod, Findlater, Reoch, Whyte, R. Taylor, Mitchell, Anderson, Rae, Cruickshank, Watson, Tringham. Substitutes: McDowell, Greig, Keogh, Smith and Thomson.