Back to work for the Gowfers

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

FOR PANMURE manager Ian Gilzean a rest is a good as a change, even if it is an enforced one, writes Johnston Ralston.

With the Gowfers’ game postponed for the second week in a row, Ian decided to give his boys the day off.

He said: “It’s good for them to get away from the place. I think the forecast just got the better of us.

“It’s just one of these things. There’s nothing you can do. On Saturday morning the pitch was rock hard.”

The Gowfers were hit with similar problems during the week when cold weather forced training indoors, but the bonus of an impromptu ‘rest week’ is a full squad for Saturday’s clash against Lochee United.

Ian said: “Everyone is back and fit and training. We’ve got a lot of competition for places when we’re like that.”

Having lost 1-0 to Lochee United when they last faced them in October, Ian is confident this game will see a return to form.

He said: “They beat us in the cup final and there was nothing between the teams. They scored, we didn’t. They’ve been in the Super League for a long time. They’ve even won it a couple of times.”

Over the festive period Ian has pencilled in a couple of fixtures to keep his boys sharp during the break.

“We’ve got the chance of some friendlies over Christmas and New Year, Broughty on December 27 and Tayport on January 3. Where we play depends on whoever’s pitch is looking best.”

According to Ian though: “We’ve got to get this Saturday out of the way first.”