Alan relishing St Andrews game

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GOWFERS’ interim boss Alan McSkimming is still waiting for his baptism of fire after Saturday’s game at Laing Park was washed out, writes Johnston Ralston.

Panmure were due to face Hill o’ Beath in what has become a bit of a jinx game with six call-offs and counting.

Alan was sanguine about the call-off and admitted there had been a bonus. He said: “We were disappointed last week the game was postponed but unfortunately the pitch had fallen foul of the recent weather and wasn’t going to be playable.

“We gave them Saturday off from training and then we regrouped on Monday and had a really good session which has allowed the players to really start their preparation for this Saturday.”

The Gowfers will need it after a three-week absence from the pitch as they welcome their close league rivals, St Andrews, to Laing Park.

With one or two familiar faces among the opposition ranks, including striker Kev Cumming, Alan is expecting quite a contest. He said: “Every time this fixture comes around we relish it as it’s like a local derby for us.

“This season there’s a couple of ex-Gowfers playing for them which has added a bit more spice to the fixture and we’re also looking forward to it especially with it being a home game.”

Alan will have a strong pool to choose from this weekend, but with one vital exception.

He explained: “All the guys are in good condition, but we will be missing goalkeeper Chris McPherson who is still suffering this one-match suspension which is still running as the games have all been cancelled.

The interim gaffer is confident his players will do him proud for his first game in charge.

Alan said: “I think the attitude of the players has shown in their response in training since I took over and it has been excellent.

“They are all ready to go on Saturday.”