Alan McSkimming chuffed with side after impressive performance in Bo’ness United draw

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Carnoustie Panmure picked up an impressive point at home to Bo’ness United on Saturday as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.

Manager Alan McSkimming said his side had done enough to even go on and win the game, but he was content with the quality of the performance.

The Gowfers visit Maud in the GA Engineering Cup on Saturday and McSkimming said that though he goes north with a depleted squad, he is still looking to progress in the regional tournament.

He said: “It’s a good point and I think it’s a fair point over the piece.

“I think we could have taken the three points, we had the opportunities to do that but we’re delighted to take a point.

“The boys were delighted with it and they’re feeling a little bit disappointed they didn’t take maximum points.

“We’re very happy with it though the performance was excellent.

“It’s been a tough run of games with Auchinleck, Linlithgow and Bo’ness in the space of four weeks.

“Over those three games, a little bit of naivety and sloppiness has gifted the other teams some goals and if we cut that out we’d have won them.

“But we need to work on that and we can’t get carried away with some good performances, we’ve got a lot of games to play so we need to get the points to go with the performances now.

“I think we’re in a position where we’ve got a good points tally at the moment and most of the teams around us, we’ve got six to eight games in hand on these guys.

“We’d like to pull away from the bottom.

“We need to make sure we’re in the high 20s in our points total once we hit 20 games played and I think we will hit the rightful league position for us, which is mid-table.

“We need to get them on the board as soon as we can so we can go and enjoy ourselves at the end of the season, where in years gone by we’ve been playing and playing for three points to ensure our safety.

“We’ve not seen Maud. They’re sitting fifth or sixth in their league and we had a tough game with Hermes up there, so we’re expecting a similar game again.

“We’ll go up there with a depleted squad, we got a few injuries on Saturday and we’re missing a couple of boys through work commitments.

“This is a competition we want to win, we don’t want to get to the semi-finals at best, we want to make the final and lift the trophy.”