The Gowfers suffered further disappointment midweek as their league campaign suffered another body blow.
On Wednesday night Panmure welcomed Hill O’ Beath Hawthorne to Laing Park but the miserable weather reflected the scoreline and the visitors emerged 4-2 winners. Haws opened the scoring early after two minutes, but equalised against themselves with a shoddy OG 10 minutes later. Danny Millar pulled Carnoustie ahead with a good strike on the quarter mark, but Haws pulled it back a few minutes later to make it 2-2. The Gowfers’ fate was sealed in the second half with two early goals.
Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming said: “We kind of fell flat in the second half and we can’t put our finger on it. We were a little bit disappointed in how we fell away a bit but you can’t take the credit away from the boys, they worked hard. We worked hard but we probably worked hard in the wrong areas. We were getting joy in areas and then not capitalising on it. We kept trying to do other things and we just need to make sure to continually put teams under pressure and that was a bit disappointing for me.”
The boss is now concentrating on the road ahead to avoid relegation. He said: “We now know we need one win out of the next two games, but two draws will not be enough. Then it would come down to goals scored and Armadale are head to head with us, but have more goals on their side. I’m confident that we can do that. The boys are really positive, really looking forward to Linlithgow Rose on Saturday and Camelon on Wednesday. The players are aware of the opportunity to avoid the playoffs and we need to take the pressure off for that final game.”