“Huge game tomorrow,” says Ian

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

THE GOWFERS may be off the bottom of the league, but now the work starts to keep them up according to Ian Gilzean.

On Saturday Panmure smashed Kelty Hearts giving them the boost they needed to reach 10th place.

Ian said: “I’m really happy with that. To go away from home again and get a win was tremendous.

“That’s the best thing, lifting ourselves up from the bottom. We’ve been stuck there for a bit, and some of that’s been from having games in hand. It was a great result and it’s great to be off the bottom. We just need to make sure we stay there.”

And their good form continues said Ian: “They did really well. We didn’t have a great start and we were on the backfoot for the first five minutes, but we got back on the ball and started using it a bit better and opened it up. John Robertson smashed that goal in from about 25 yards and that made a big difference. From then on it was just a case of seeing the game out.”

There was a sour note however as John McCafferty, their seasoned ‘keeper, looks to be out for the rest of the season following an injury to his knee. Ian said: “It’s disappointing, he’s done really well this season. Looking back he’s maybe had one bad game. That’s not bad over a season from a goalie.”

Looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers will face Musselburgh Athletic at home. Their last encounter saw them lose 5-2 to the Edinburgh side in November but for Ian it’s changed days since then. He said: “At that point the side was going through a tough time and we only had one fit guy on the bench. But we’ve been playing outstanding football and we’re going in with a lot of confidence. We’ve managed to beat a couple of teams we weren’t expected to and that’s something we need to build on. It’ll be a huge game for both teams.”