All systems go for Gowfers’ gaffer

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It has certainly been an exciting season in charge for first-time gaffer Alan McSkimming who spoke to GazetteSport this week on his plans.

Carnoustie Panmure finished in 12th place after a hard fought campaign. The boss said: “I think it’s good that the season is over and that we’ve managed to retain our position in the Super League. It gives us a chance to reflect back on it.

“It’s been a rollercoaster, the highs have been good and the lows have been challenging, it’s been a good learning curve.

“We’re looking forward to working on a few things in the close season that I think we could do better.”

He continued: “I think some of the high points have been the performances of the players in the big games against teams like Bo’ness, Linlithgow and so on, where there’s a lot of money being spent on senior players from professional clubs and we’re going down there with local players.

“The highs have been the level of performance against these teams that we are sometimes written off against before we even play.

“The lows have been there too, we’ve had a couple of bad runs of games, we’ve been guilty of not killing off games when we’ve had the chance.

“I think the overriding feeling as the management team is that we sometimes lacked quality in front of the goal and sometimes when we’ve been in a position to win games we’ve not shown that killer touch.”

Pre-season starts on July 1, not much of a rest for the Gowfers, but boss Alan knows there is a lot of work to be done.

“It’s part of moving forward, the biggest challenge in the close season is to get guys with proven goal-scoring form and we’ve managed to capture a couple of really exciting players.”

Fixtures: July 19, Colony Park, away; July 21, Riverside Amateurs, home; July 23, East Craigie, away; July 26, Banks of Dee, home; July 29, Dundee Violet, away; August 2, Kilbirnie Ladeside, away.

With the departure of Tayport and St Andrews at the end of the season and the admittance of new blood in Penicuik Athletic and Fauldhouse United Alan is under no illusions about their capabilities. He said: “The league below us is a very competitive one and a lot of the teams are already good enough to come up and play in the Super League, but Penicuik and Fauldhouse really ran away with it this season.

“They’ll come up here knowing they’re capable of playing in this league. The Super League is the best in junior football and a club like Carnoustie needs to be in that league.”

The club held its annual general meeting in the committee room at Laing Park on Monday evening and it was decided that, as part of a bigger rebranding to bring the club into the 21st century, the junior would be dropped from the name.   

The committee was elected in as follows: president - Jim Armstrong; vice-president - Donny McKay; secretary - Andy Finlay; treasurer - Shirley Turner.

Committee - Tam Stewart, Dougie Mitchell, George Millar, Peter Glen. Associate Members - Sheena Seaton, Robert Seaton, Helen Jamieson, Nigel Riddoch, Alan Fenton. Commercial Manager - Joe Dolan

The end of season awards were as follows: Player of the Year, Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters Player of the Year - Steven Cook; Top Scorer - Kevin Milne; Clubman of the Year - George Millar.

Preseason training starts on Tuesday, July 1.