Best performance of the season

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The Gowfers refused to let an early goal from Sauchie Juniors dampen their spirit and fought defiantly demonstrating a strong and composed performance.

“They caught us a bit standing still to be honest for the first goal,” said manager Alan McSkimming.

“We didn’t start the game too badly.

“The goal came from a free kick where we didn’t get behind it and we paid the penalty so to speak.

“However, the game, in terms of overall performance, was outstanding!

“Probably the best performance this season. I am really, really pleased with how we tackled the match.”

The Gowfers threw everything into the attack, giving Sauchie Juniors much to work for.

McSkimming considered it for a win but is happy with the point.

He said: “I am delighted with the point. It is one of the few times that I would say we deserved the win.

“We were dominating for large proportions, we had a number of chances particularly in the second half.

“However, when you are down at the lower end of the table, every point is crucial and I am more than happy to take the draw.

“Confidence comes into play, especially in fixtures such as Saturday’s match against top side, Newtongrange Star.”

The Midlothian side, who are currently third in the East Super League, will meet Carnoustie Panmure at home at Laing Park but McSkimming does not believe the home side have much to worry about.

“We are now undefeated in the last four games and have nothing to fear.

“We are playing well at home.

“Confidence is high and that is important going into games such as these, against the teams higher up in the league.”

Newtongrange Star are coming to the weekend fixture off the back of a loss after failing to take down league leaders Kelty Hearts at New Victoria Park last Saturday. The Gowfers will be looking to take advantage of this knock in confidence.