Ian: stop talking, start doing!

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

PANMURE manager Ian Gilzean is doing what he can to make the best of a less than ideal playing situation.

On Saturday, the Gowfers’ game against Montrose Roselea was called off for the second time due to an unplayable pitch.

Ian said: “It’s not good is it? You can’t do much about it though. The pitch was frozen solid. It started snowing, too, while we were down there, just to add to it.”

Never one to waste an opportunity, Ian took his squad down to Carnoustie Leisure Centre where he used the time to sharpen up their fitness.

He explained: “We got down there for about an hour. There were 15 lads so we had two teams playing and one doing circuits.”

However, the freezing conditions persisted, and for a time also threatened training during the week. Ian said: “We did a little bit of training on Monday, but the pitch was still rock solid.

“We managed to find a patch of astro turf and do a little bit of passing and possession. It’s enough to keep them ticking over for just now.”

This week, Ian prefers to hedge his bets as the weather remains a difficult factor to predict.

Laughing, the gaffer said: “The weathermen don’t even know half the time! But it is looking like it may get milder and rainy during the week. We’ll just have to see what we get and hopefully we’ll get a game at the weekend.”

Having only played two games in nine weeks, Ian is impatient to get Panmure off the training ground and onto the pitch. He said: “It’s time to stop talking about it and start doing it.”