BERWICK Rangers missed a chance to move into the play-offs places as they crashed to Montrose, who closed the gap at the top of the Scottish Third Division.
Borderers boss Ian Little was far from happy after watching his side sink to their first home league defeat of the season.
He said: “It is a sickener. A string of mistakes led to our downfall
“Lee Currie lost possession which led to one of the goals and two others were the fault of Ian McCaldon.
“The goalkeeper has only just been recalled to the team and he was disappointed with his performance and has accepted full responsibility.
“My problem now is Youssef Bejaoui has a suspected broken toe and could be out for several weeks.
“We are looking at the possibility of bringing in another goalkeeper but it is not easy.”
Rangers top scorer Darren Lavery fired the hosts in front after nine months but slack defending allowed Leighton McIntosh to level two minutes later from a Terry Masson corner.
Jamie Winter bagged the Gable Endies second in 21 minutes, guiding home a cross from Lloyd Young.
Montrose dominated the second half but it was not until the 81st minute they struck the killer blow.
McCaldon fumbled a free-kick from Paul Watson and substitute Scott Johnston pounced to score.
Three minutes later Young followed up to finish the job after the goalkeeper failed to hold his fierce strike.
BERWICK RANGERS: McCaldon; Jacobs, Townsley, Brydon, Hoskins (O’Brien 86), McDonald, Janczyk (Morris 75), Currie, Gielty, Lavery, Ferguson (Addison 75). Subs (not used): Sandison, McLean.
Booked: Gielty, McDonald.
Goal: Lavery 9.
MONTROSE: S Wood; McNally, J Crawford, Campbell, Watson, L Young, Masson, Winter, R McIntosh, L McIntosh (Johnston 70), G Wood. Subs (not used): D Crawford, McLeish, D Gray, Morton.
Booked: J Crawford, L Young, L McIntosh.
Goals: L McIntosh 11, Winter 22, Johnston 80, L Young 84.
Attendance: 484. Referee: Greg Aitken.