Laing Park looking for sunshine

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

PANMURE manager Ian Gilzean will be keeping a close eye on the weather report this weekend in order to keep his team’s good run on track, writes Johnston Ralston.

The waterlogged pitch at Carmuirs Park saw the Gowfers’ game against Camelon Juniors go the same way as their postponed clash with Hill o’ Beath the week before.

But as Ian has said before, controlling the weather is out of his remit. He went on: “It was disappointing that one getting called off. But much as the game the week before there wasn’t a lot we could do about it.”

According to Ian it was disappointment all round. He said: “The boys just want to play. They train all week long and are looking forward to Saturday, especially seeing as their last league game was a great boost for them.

“We just gave them a week off and they came back on Monday and worked hard. When you’re on a run you want to keep going as a manager. When you play well the games can’t come quickly enough, especially coming off such a good game against Bo’ness.

“You want to cement your place in the league, so this week we’ll need to pick up where we left off. Our pitch has been just about playable for the last couple of weeks. Unless there’s a hard frost or a downpour there’s every chance the game will go ahead.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), Panmure welcomes Broxburn Athletic to Laing Park, and if the Gowfers can continue their form it promises to be an entertaining clash. Ian said: “I think with Broxburn’s win at the weekend they are now level with us on points. They’re a good side and we played them a couple of times two seasons ago.

“We took a right good doing when we went down to them but we gave them a good showing when they came to us. It should be a good game.”

There will be a chance this weekend for some other players to make their mark, with Brian Clarke still doubtful and Mike McIlravey and Liam Scott unavailable. John Young and Joe McGovern are both looking to make a comeback.

Ian said: “The last game we had Mike McIlravey and Liam Scott were both on from the start, so that’s a couple of changes straight away. I’ll see how we’re looking and have a chat with Graeme Christie and Alan McSkimming and we’ll see what we are going to do.”