United lost their first match of pre season but manager Paul Lawson saw the many positives. Asking how he felt afterwards he said "I was very encouraged with our performance today. I thought we played some really good stuff at times against a higher opposition and that was a great test for us. I was also pleased with the player’s fitness levels considering it was our first game. A couple of the boys got ninety minutes, which I didn’t really plan for, but we got through it albeit with a couple of knocks which was the one disappointment from the outing"
Despite the defeat Lawson remained pleased that some of the younger lads got a run out, he contimued "the plan was to get everyone on. We had three or four younger lads up from our u20s team as they have all done well in the training so far and I felt it was important to give them some game time as a reward for their efforts. It was also to protect some of the other boys, who picked up little niggles or knocks"
Montrose took the lead early on when a Ross Campbell strike inside the penalty area found the net after only 3 minutes. Both sides had decent chances before Graeme Rodger equalised on 28 minutes, poking the ball past the experienced Allan Fleming in the home penalty area for the equaliser. Montrose went ahead on the stroke of half time when Blair Lyons evaded the challenge of Kieran Lawrence before squaring the ball to Russell McLean who had the easiest of tap-ins.
The second half saw a number of subsititutions and a combination of decent saves from Errol Watson as well as a lack of accuracy from the home side made sure there was no further scoring.
Lamenting on the goals conceeded Lawson was diasppinted but remained upbeat "the two goals we lost were disappointing but there were more positives to take from the game than negatives. We know ourselves that we have the quality in the dressing room and if we want to challenge in our own league we have to start now with the right attitude. It’s not a case of building up to the first game of the season we have to show the right level of performance now and I got that which was pleasing. We could have kept the ball better in the second half but it was a great test and a great work out for everyone"
Formartine United are back in action next Saturday afternoon in their next pre season outing away to junior side Lochee United.