Carnoustie and Broughty gaffers look to move derby game forward

Delighted Fed boss Keith Gibson.
Delighted Fed boss Keith Gibson.

The Fed are set to host the Gowfers on Wednesday, August 12 but that game clashes with the scheduled Dundee Derby.

Managers Keith Gibson and Alan McSkimming are keen to bring the clash forward a day to try and secure a larger crowd for the tie.

But that change is predicated on the availability of McSkimming’s players, with many of the Gowfers potentially tied up by work.

The Carnoustie boss said: “We’re speaking to the players about moving the derby forward. The difficult is we’ve got some guys who work with the police or the fire brigade so they work in shifts.

“If it doesn’t put us out then we don’t have an issue with moving the game. But if we’ve got two or three guys that it causes a problem for then so be it, the priority for us is that we have to be full strength.”

Gibson added: “A derby match early is good, we should get a good crowd there. We’re trying to switch it to the Tuesday because the Wednesday is a Dundee Derby. Alan is checking with his players and if we can go ahead with it, we’d get a decent crowd. If it’s on a Wednesday you’re not looking at that many being at the game.”

McSkimming is quite chuffed with the opening fixtures his side have been given, opening up at home to last year’s beaten Scottish Cup finalists Musselburgh Athletic, with the players looking forward to getting back to competitive action.

Alan continued: “We’re happy with the fixtures that have came out, it’s a good four or five games for us to get into things. We’re confident and looking forward to the games, but they’re massive games every week.

“With this squad I think we can get off to a really good start.”

Broughty have added another player to their ranks after Adam O’Connor joined from Dundee Violet in a swap deal involving Ryan Dignan.

Gibson is still eager to add a couple of more new additions before the Super League kicks off.

Keith said: “We’ve brought in Adam O’Connor from Violet, we’ve swapped him for Ryan Dignan. It’s another midfielder so we’re still looking at a couple more.

“Last year everyone was able to beat everyone on their day and I think this season in the Super League is going to be much the same.

“On our day I’d fancy us to be up there and likewise, other teams will probably be saying the same.”