Heavy pitch disappoints Ian

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

MANAGER Ian Gilzean was disappointed on Saturday after Panmure’s good run was interrupted by a postponement.

The Gowfers were looking forward to adding three points to their tally. Ian told GazetteSport: “We’ve been doing well and were looking forward to the game, especially with the run of results we’ve been having. It was a waterlogged pitch by all accounts. It is a heavy pitch and they do get a lot of games called off. We were probably the only game called off that weekend. I’m just disappointed from our point of view.”

On the plus side, the good weather has helped. The boss said: “We trained instead on Saturday and the boys got a bit out of that. The clocks have gone forward so we’re back out on the grass for training sessions.

“They’ve been on the Astro Turf since October, so it’s good to get back out on the grass. It’s a little bit more realistic. There’s nothing like being back out on real grass.”

With the sunshine comes good news on two long-term injuries.

Ian explained: “Andy Cowan and Alan McSkimming are back in training. McSkimming injured himself in January last year.

“It’s been a long haul for him, but he’s beginning to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers face Bo’ness for the first time.

Ian said: “We’ve not played them before. It’s another one like at Hill of Beath. We’re going there with nothing to lose and everyone expects them to win. It doesn’t always work out like that, it’s a game we can go to and get something out of it.

“We’ve got to go there with confidence, otherwise we might as well just send the shirts.”