Gowfers back in the groove, says boss

Back in the groove says the gaffer
Back in the groove says the gaffer

The blood is up at Carnoustie Panmure according to gaffer Alan McSkimming after his side secured a much-needed win on Saturday.

They romped home 3-0 over Ballingry Rovers at Laing Park with a double from wonderkid Pat Smith.

The Gowfers’ boss said: “I’m delighted with the result. It was what we were needing a reaction from the week before for going out of the Scottish Cup about which we were bitterly disappointed.

“We went back to basics in training on Monday and the performance on Saturday was excellent. It really showed the character the boys have to bounce back from that.”

Stamping his mark on the game was 18-year-old Pat Smith, formerly of Arbroath. Alan said: “Pat had a great game. He’s a local lad from Monifieth and he’s on a dual contract with us so that means he’s playing for the Monifieth Under-19s on a Sunday and plays with us on a Saturday.

“He had an excellent double taking those goals and he probably could have scored another couple. He took his chances and I’m delighted for him.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the gaffer will be looking for more of the same against new league addition Penicuik. He said: “Penicuik are a really good footballing side, we’ve had them watched a couple of times and the feedback has been that they are an excellent footballing side who like to get on the ball and kick it about.

“They had a good run in the Scottish Cup last year and they will be a well organised side and a difficult place to go down to.

“Everybody is confident and looking forward to going down there and getting more points. Getting the three points on Saturday has made us hungrier for more.”

Missing is Liam Scott still out on long-term injury, John Roberts with an ankle knock and captain Steven Cook waiting on a late fitness test. Also unavailable for the clash is Kev Cumming.

However, with last week’s starting 11 still intact and obviously an effective force these absences should hopefully not have too much bearing on the outcome.