Carrick were made to work hard for their 44-35 win at Cumbernauld on Saturday in RBS West Division Two but remained in the promotion places.
The five try win keeps the Maybole men in second place with eight games played.
Carrick’s faithful support were put through the mire as they stumbled their way through the game.
Kyle Johnston gave the visitors an early lead with a penalty, but Cumbernauld soon hit back.
After being chopped down close to the line, Cumbernauld were quicker to the breakdown and after a couple of rucks, Birney went over for an uncoverted try.
Louis Clark then intercepted a pass to crash over for the visitors to give Carrick the lead again but again it was shortlived. An offence from the restart was punished by Cumbernauld and this time Reid converted the try.
There were still only 15 minutes gone when Stephen Logan, against the run of play pounced on an error and crossed for another Carrick try.
A creative move from Carrick should have seen them take control of the game. The home sides defence was split open and Connor Wyllie dived over in the corner.
But with Johnston and Reid exchanging penalties it was still only 27-14 to Carrick at the break.
Coach Gordon Brown was worried about the worsening elements and he was proved right when Wallace went over for Cumbernauld early in the second half.
That spurred Carrick into action and Montgomery scored a try under the posts.
But still Cumbernauld pushed on and scored again to reduce the deficit to 34-28. A penalty from Johnston and a try from Dewar ensured the win, but Cumbernauld went over in the last minute to have the last word.
Carrick play Kilmarnock in the regional shield on Saturday at 1.30pm at Maybole.