IF EVER an interim management team did all the right things to get the permanent gig, it is the Gowfers’ Alan McSkimming and Stuart Ferguson, writes Gordon Cook.
Two games and two wins after an uncharacteristic slump, and the Gowfers are into the quarter-finals of the North/Tayside Inter-region cup, sponsored by G.A. Engineering.
Alan admitted to being ‘highly chuffed’ after Saturday’s victory against New Elgin, and said that everything had gone according to plan.
However, he felt the team could have been even more clinical, and that 3-1 could have been improved upon.
The next round is against Perth side Jeanfield Swifts, who have improved since the last time the teams met, at least five years ago.
Tomorrow’s league game against Broxburn at Albyn Park is an important one. The sides are two points apart in the league, but the Gowfers have no fewer than six games in hand and victory would see them leapfrog their opponents.
Alan is delighted to field a full-strength squad at Broxburn. The only injury looks like being long-term, to goalkeeper Paul Findlay, who has a broken thumb that will keep him out for the season.
The last encounter between the Gowfers and Broxburn, at Laing Park, ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat for the home side, but confidence is high as the team goes through what Alan described as “a rich vein of form”.
Asked if the distance to away games is detrimental at all, Alan replied that it helps build morale as the players travel together, arriving a good hour-and-a-half before kick-off.