Boss looking forward to visit of ‘Star’

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Gowfers’ boss Alan McSkimming was pleased with the performance of this players in their Scottish Junior Cup tie against Edinburgh United on Saturday.

Speaking to the Guide & Gazette he commented: “That’s four wins in a row now and I am absolutely delighted. I could not ask for any more from my players.

“Things are going well, and long may that continue.”

However, Panmure face a major challenge tomorrow (Saturday) when they play host to league leaders Newtongrange Star.

The gaffer went on: “We have something of a challenge this weekend as we will be losing some of our regulars. Out will be Roddy Black and Steven Narey, both of whom are injured, and a further two players, Michael McIlravey and Steven Cook, are unavailable due to other commitments.

“Since the start of the season we have not had a full squad to pick from so a lot of the time the 16 players who go on the team sheet have almost picked themselves. This weekend we reckon we will have 14 available players so we are going to have to look at bringing in a couple of trialists.

“It just so happens that we will be playing one of the best teams in the league, which adds to the challenge.”

However, he was pragmatic about the situation. “It’s part and parcel of football,“ he said. “We will just roll our sleeves up and get on with it. It’s one of these games you can relish, but I would have preferred to go into it with a full squad to choose from.”