Brechin City v Montrose
Betfred Cup Group B
Glebe Park, Brechin
Saturday 27th July 2019
Kick Off: 3.00pm
League 1 Table 2019/20
Ross McCord (Midfield)Ross returned to Montrose in July 2013 after a two year spell with Alloa Athletic. Ross spent season 2010/11 on loan at Links Park from Dundee United before moving to Alloa Athletic the following season and was part of the Recreation Park side who won the third division championship. He will be remembered at Links Park for some spectacular goals including two in the 8 - 1 victory over Clyde in September 2010. Ross rejoined Montrose in February 2013 from Alloa Athletic on an emergency temporary transfer before his permanent transfer this summer. A midfield dynamo who can pull the strings with a great range of passing and can also find the back of the net. His brother Ryan plays for Raith Rovers. Age 25
Ross Graham (Defender)Ross completed his move to Links Park in July 2014 from Fife junior side Dundonald Bluebell after helping his side to a place in the quarter finals of the Scottish Junior Cup. The 23 year old has also had spells with Ballingry Juniors and Dunfermline Athletic. Made his debut against Peterhead in the Petrofac Cup and looks to be a great find. Can also play in central defence.
Colin Wilson (Centre Half)
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Colin joined Montrose in July 2013 from junior side Musselburgh Athletic after spending pre season training and playing for Montrose. Wilson progressed through the youth sides at Kirkcaldy before earning a full-time contract with Raith Rovers in June 2010. Colin made his senior debut on 12 November 2011 as a substitute in a 1–0 defeat against Ayr United in a Scottish First Division fixture. In March 2012 he joined junior side Musselburgh Athletic on the end of the season. Was released by Raith Rovers last season and appeared once on the bench as a substitute for Montrose at Annan Athletic in January 2013 before returning to Musselburgh Athletic. Signed a new one year contract in May 2014
Jonathan Crawford (Centre Half)Jonathan who signed a new one year contract in the summer is currently playing in central defence has made over one hundred appearances for Montrose. 24 year old versatile player who joined Montrose in September 2010 after a successful trial match against Albion Rovers. Jonathan who can play at right back, centre half or midfield was released by Aberdeen in the summer of 2010. He made his Aberdeen debut in season 2009/10 as a substitute against Hamilton Accies on August 22nd before going out on loan to Peterhead. Whilst at Pittodrie Jonathan was called in the Scotland Under 19 squad that included Danny Wilson now of Liverpool, John Fleck and David Wotherspoon (Hibernian). A well like member of the Links Park squad.
Talking with Jonny Crawford
By Jamie Currie
Johnny Crawford was at the heart of Montrose’s six-goal thriller at Shielfield Park when the Gable Endies took a 3-3 draw with Berwick Rangers. Goals came courtesy of Scott Johnston, Garry Wood and a trademark Marvin Andrews header in injury time – which was his first goal for the club since joining in January from Elgin City. The result leaves the club in sixth place with 20 points and seemingly right in the thick of a relegation battle.
Crawford was upbeat about the result at performance of the team: “ It was a good result for us up there, it’s a hard place to go, they’ve had five clean sheets in their last six games, and when East Stirling went up there they only had three shots on target, so scoring three goals gives us a great deal of confidence.”
Despite Montrose’s good start to the season the 24-year-old believes the team is where it should be at this point in the season, given the results and performances “At this stage we are where we should be, but we are also only seven points off the play-offs and if we can put together a good run, we’ll be right back up there in the hunt for a play-off spot”
Despite the draw in Berwick last week, the team has been on a relatively poor run of form with only one win in the last 18 League Two fixtures – that was all the way back in September, when goals from Garry Wood and Terry Masson goals gave Mo a 2-1 victory over fellow strugglers Clyde at Broadwood.
But it’s Mo’s home form that seems to be causing most of the concern, having not won at home since defeating Annan Athletic at the end of August, in a 2-0 win.
But Crawford is puzzled by why his side seem to be able to pick up better results away from Links Park rather than in front of the home fans “ In the five years I’ve been here this is the worst our home form has been, I have no idea why our away form is better, it’s just one of those things. With the squad we have here and our pitch, we know we should be doing much better at home, and with two home games coming up it’s something that we are looking to rectify.”
With three of Mo’s next four games at Links Park Crawford is confident that the team can get out of the relegation dogfight and start motoring up the League Two table and get in and around the play-off picture – especially we have only just past the halfway point of the season. “First and foremost we want to stay up – that’s the main focus at the minute, but if we can win our next three or four games we will see where it takes us – hopefully into the play-offs.”
The versatile defender had a good end to last season and has ultimately been left disappointed, not only by his own form, but the team’s form on the whole, and is hoping it improves in the second half of the season, to allow the club the chance to finish as high in the table as possible. “With regards to my own form, I’m quite disappointed, especially when I felt I had a good four months at the end of last season – I was looking to kick on from that and take it into this season, but for whatever reason it’s not happened, with regards to the team there will be a lot of boys in the dressing room who will not be happy with their performances this season. So I’m not alone in that regard.”
Paul Watson (Midfield)
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Paul rejoined Montrose in July 2012 from St Andrews United for his third spell at Links Park. His first two spells came on loan from firstly Arbroath in season 2009/10 and then from Forfar Athletic the following season. After his first spell at Links Park, Paul was sold by Arbroath to Forfar Athletic but after being released at the end of the 10/11 he joined Peterhead. Had a spell with St Andrews United before his move to Links Park in the 2012 . Scored in the opening four matches of the season 2012/13 before ending the season with six goals. In season 2013/14 Paul finished second behind Bryan Deasley in the Montrose goalscoring stakes with eight goals from midfield with a number coming from his trademark free kicks and long range efforts. Last season he a further six that despite missing three months of the season with a broken wrist. A big favourite with the Gable Endies support.