With every cloud there’s a silver lining and that was the case for Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming following their defeat by Sauchie on Saturday.
Carnoustie were edged out 1-0, but for the boss there were plenty of positives.
He said: “I wasn’t particularly disappointed with it. We had a really depleted squad on Saturday morning and on the journey through we ended up with only 11 fit bodies. I had to do a little bit of reshuffling and get some talented boys from the Under 19s on loan.
“In most of the game there wasn’t much between us and the goal Sauchie scored was probably the only clear cut chance in the game.
“It was a game that with a full strength squad I suspect we could well have won the game and I’m looking to win that one when we meet them again later in the season.
“The players did show that when they are up against it their spirit of togetherness really comes through, there are a lot of positives to take away from that.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gowfers are away to jinx side Camelon. Alan joked: “We’re almost residents at Carmuirs Park we’ve been there that often.
“We’re looking forward to it, the last time we played them we were in the same situation and were six boys short, and I felt we could have taken something from that game.”
But it appears that more selection headaches are on the cards for the gaffer. Alan said: “With team selection we’ve outshone ourselves this week and we have eight boys unavailable. It’s has been a real challenge this week trying to get some loan deals set up and get some younger players onboard.
“It’s a credit to the boys who are playing and have been here, but it doesn’t do my blood pressure any good.
“Garry Kenneth is back which is a huge boost for us, he’s served his one match suspension and will be at the heart of our defence.
“The most important thing with Garry coming in when we are a bit light on numbers is the vast experience that he can bring in abundance.”