“Could do better” says boss

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

FOILED again by the fickle winter weather, Gowfers’ manager Ian Gilzean is getting a bit frustrated.

The game against Montrose Roselea in the GA Engineering Cup was called off at the weekend due to a frozen pitch.

However, he does accept the situation with good grace. Ian laughed: “Yes, another Saturday without a game!

“That makes one game in how many weeks?

“There are a lot of teams in the same boat, though, and there’s not a lot you can do.”

The most frustrating thing for the manager lies with the fact his side appeared to have regained their good form and he had hoped to exploit that.

He said: “I’m disappointed because the week before we did really well against Lochee.

“I was wanting to build on that this Saturday against Linlithgow Rose, weather permitting.”

The Gowfers have a good record against the Rose, having beaten them 3-2 in September.

Ian said: “That day we played really well. I think they went 1-0 up and we managed to come back up.

“We were by far the better side. We have nothing to fear there.”

The boss again raised the controversial point that summer football would see an end to this, but is not without its own drawbacks.

He went on: “I think they talk about it at the Junior SFA meetings and people have been mooting the idea of changing.

“If they want to do it, they’ll do it. Give it a go! I think it’s a change worth making.”

Ian is not the only one becoming frustrated. He said: “The lads just want to play, don’t they? Players are players, and in the end they want to play.

“It’s disappointing when they’ve been working all week toward this and it doesn’t happen.”

The manager hopes to use the enforced holiday to break the rut the Gowfers have become stuck in, and unleash them from the bottom of the table.

“I think we’re under performing a little. We started really well, but went through a little bit of a bad patch in October and November.

“We under-performed in games when we could have got a result. At this level, if we’re not up to speed the other teams will punish us. But we’ve got nothing to fear going forward.

“We can give anyone a run for their money.

“I’d rather have a few more points on the board. We’re the only people who can get ourselves back in the groove.”