AFTER Saturday’s exciting one-all Scottish Division Three game at Links Park against Berwick Rangers, Montrose had another tilt at their southern opponents last night, after the Review had gone to press.
And if Saturday’s encounter is any yardstick there would have been plenty for the crowd to shout at, albeit a depleted crowd because of the need to play this long-distance fixture on a Tuesday evening.
At least manager Steven Tweed’s troops have a home game to look forward to this coming Saturday, when Queen’s Park are the visitors for another league game.
So with three lower-half-of-the-table encounters in eight days, one would expect a reasonable haul of points for a team that has proved itself able to rise to whatever occasion presents itself - at least some of the time.
No doubt Tweed will be asking his players to tighten-up their performances after a match full of mistakes on Saturday.
With that in mind a draw was probably the fairest result that the Gable Endies could have taken away but they were not short of opportunites that could have given them the much needed three points.
It was certainly a frustrating afternoon for the Montrose boss both for the 75 minutes he was on the pitch and then the remainder of the game where he tried to inspire his team to a win from the sideline.
Although Montrose took the lead with a Paul Tosh penalty it took Berwick less than 10 minutes to reply with an O’Reilly header.
Tweed said: “I thought that we were in control of the game until we scored and then when we went ahead we tried to do things the difficult way.
“Rather than just making simple passes we were caught out a lot and our use of the ball was terrible at times.
“We scored, then we stopped passing the ball.
“They had pressure, but they were not going through us and not testing our goalkeeper.
“We gave them chances with some slack play.
“Our use of the ball was terrible and we are better than that.
“We might have had a penalty when Thomson went down, but the referee made his decision and I’m not going to comment on that.
“In the first half we had four or five chances and if you don’t take your chances, you don’t win matches.”
“Okay, they had corners that were well delivered, but I thought we defended them well and what we’ve done is given them chances by slack passing.”
Berwick boss Jimmy Crease said: “I thought we thoroughly deserved a point and we showed a bit of character after going behind.”
Meanwhile Montrose have agreed to bring former Airdrieonians, Raith Rovers and Ross County goalkeeper, Gonzalez, to Links Park for the rest of the season.
It was hoped that the Argentine would make his debut against Berwick Rangers last night (Tuesday) against Berwick Rangers provided that international clearance from his last club in Cyprus made it through in time.
Gonzalez has recently been training with his former club, Raith Rovers, and was close to agreeing a deal with Albion Rovers. However, Tweed stepped in to sign him for the Gable Endies.