Fingers crossed, says Ian

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

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PANMURE manager Ian Gilzean is taking his side’s lack of game time in his stride, writes Johnston Ralston.

After their game on Saturday against Hill of Beath Hawthorne was cancelled for the fourth time, Ian was able to look on the bright side.

Speaking to Gazettesport he joked: “I’m losing track of everything that’s going on here to be honest.

“I think we’ve only played four games since the end of October so we’ve not had the best of runs.”

The repeated problems appear to stem from the condition of the pitch at Keirs Park which has a tendency to flood.

Ian said: “I don’t think their pitch drains at the best of times. It all depends on the weather for the next couple of days.

“I think it’s supposed to be windy which could help, but if it rains it could be waterlogged again.

“If that’s the scenario hopefully our pitch will be playable and we’ll be able to get the game switched.”

Ian is hoping that Hawthorne will show their gamesmanship and take the offer of an impromptu trip through to Laing Park.

He said: “Otherwise we’ll be left with a bigger backload of games and end up playing two or three games a week come the end of the season, which nobody wants to see happen. Hopefully they’ll want to get a game. We’ll have to wait and see.”

However Ian is confident his side will endure and not let the run of cancelled fixtures upset their game.

He said: “We dealt with it last season and we had to do it the season before. It’s just something we’ve had to deal with. The boys just want to play. They look forward to the games and they are raring to go.”