Gowfers boss Alan says table-topping side aren’t getting complacent

15-August-2015, Picture: Malcolm McCurrach''Camelon FC v Carnoustie Panmure FC.'Carmuirs Park, Camelon.
15-August-2015, Picture: Malcolm McCurrach''Camelon FC v Carnoustie Panmure FC.'Carmuirs Park, Camelon.

Carnoustie Panmure boss Alan McSkimming says his side are remaining grounded despite sitting top of the East Region Super League.

Wednesday night’s 1-0 victory over St Andrews United made it three wins from four for the Gowfers, putting them top of the pile after two weeks of action.

But the gaffer isn’t getting carried away with the lofty position because the season is still in its infancy, with plenty of tough fixtures yet to come.

All the same, McSkimming is thrilled to see his side hit nine points so quickly, given that the team can sometimes wait until Christmas or later to amass that number.

He said: “This is a better start than we’d hoped for. If you’d offered me nine points from 12 at the start of the season I’d have bitten your hand off.

“But we know we’ve got a good squad, we know we won’t get our own way in every game but if we keep playing that way, we can look forward to a successful season. With the chances we create, we’re always going to put ourselves in position to do well.

“To be sitting in first position after four games, yes it’s very early on in the season, but we’ve got a young squad and it’s a boost to confidence for them. The Super League is like that, a couple of results can put you at the other end of the table. We’re aware of that, and we’re going to work hard for the next game.

“From past experiences in the last couple of seasons, we’ve had the likes of nine to 14 points at Christmas then giving ourselves a big task in the second half of the season. Now we’ve got off to that level in four games.

“We’re not going to get complacent, we’re going to work hard to build on it.

“As I said to the players on Wednesday night, we will be as successful as everyone in the dressing room wants to be. At the moment we’ve got a great work ethic, everyone is fighting for each other. But we need to take that from month to month, game to game. You’re not going to have everyone available every week, you’re going into winter time with bad parks.

“We were fairly dominant for most of the game against St Andrews. I think 1-0 wasn’t an accurate scoreline because we had a number of chances and could have scored four or five.

“That said, it’s all about the three points. Winning is winning. I’m really happy with the way we played.

“We’ve got Bo’ness away and St Andrews at home before the first cup break.

“If we can get into double figures after those two fixtures, it will be an excellent first six games.”