After friendly fire, the real stuff

Carnoustie Panmure v Armadale Thistle
Carnoustie Panmure v Armadale Thistle

A friendly draw against St Andrews on Tuesday gave the Gowfers a welcome run out in the fresh air ahead of their return to league duties.

Played over the Fife team’s all-weather pitch it ended 1-1, with both goals being scored early doors.

The home side claimed first blood after just seven minutes but Pat Smith brought Carnoustie level a mere minute later.

Carnoustie Panmure FC boss Alan McSkimming was glad of the run out. He said: “It was a really good workout for us and both teams agreed on that.

“For the first time in a while we had a full pool of players which was great for some much needed game time.

“Over the piece we played some really good football, it helped playing on a good surface and I’m really pleased how it went.

“If we had taken some of our chances we could have won the game, but the biggest thing was the 90 minutes of much needed game time.

“It was a good stepping stone for getting back into league football this weekend.

“In the first five minutes we were still really getting to grips with the surface and the size of the park and they caught us napping a bit to be honest. But the boys reacted in the right way and scored one to equalise from there we went from strength to strength.

“For the rest of the game our goalkeeper didn’t have much to do as we dominated large parts of the possession.”

The gaffer was also happy for the chance to field a full strength squad in time for their visit by Sauchie Juniors tomorrow (Saturday).

He said: “We had a 16 man squad on Saturday and they will all be in the mix for the Sauchie game which gives us a wee decision to make at the end of the week.

“We’re looking forward to the game, if we can put together another performance like Tuesday we won’t be too far away from a result.”

Carnoustie Panmure: MacPherson, Neath, Black, Millar, Buggins, McGeehan, Simpson, Robertson, Roberts, Smith and M. Scott. Subs: Kenneth, C. Robertson, McIlravey, Bews and Ferrie.

Tomorrow’s match

After having had four games postponed due to the weather and pitch conditions, one due to the Christmas holiday, one due to the demise of Ballingry Rovers and having played only one away to Kelty Hearts in the last eight weeks, the Gowfers are desperate to get back in action.

And to that end, tomorrow (Saturday), they play host to Sauchie Juniors, for a match in the McBookie.com East Superleague.

The last time the pair met, back on August 30, the Clackmannanshire side won 1-0 on their own Beechwood Park so tomorrow Alan McSkimming’s men will be going all out to avenge that defeat, claim all three points and start to climb away from the wrong end of the table.

Action at Laing Park is due to get under way at 1.45 p.m.