Gilzean: More of the same in 2013

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

GOWFERS’ manager Ian Gilzean is hoping the new year will continue in the same way 2012 ended, writes Jennifer Newton.

Carnoustie Panmure have seen in 2013 sitting fourth in the league, a huge difference at the same point last year when they were rooted at the bottom of the table.

And their good run, which has seen a massive improvement this campaign, is something the boss wants to keep going.

He explained: “Now we want to finish as high up the league as possible as last season it was really tough being at the bottom.

“Now we are only a few points away from the teams at the top so now is the time to kick on.

“We are also still involved in a couple of cups, which is a bonus.”

In their first game of 2013, the Gowfers will welcome table topping Linlithgow Rose to Laing Park tomorrow (Saturday) in a game Ian is quietly confident about.

He added: “We played well against them at their place in the first game of the season and we can be confident if we play how we know we can.

“The pitch is looking fine after a couple of mild days and it should be a good game given they usually bring a decent support.”

At the weekend, Panmure finally managed their first competitive game in six weeks when they faced Lochee United, running out 3-2 winners.

And even though they picked up maximum points, the boss admitted it was a nervy ending as the visitors narrowed the deficit near the end.

He said: “We were in total control of the game but they managed to come back in it.

“But luckily we had enough about us to hold on.”