Gowfers closing in on Linlthgow

Mike McIlravey was unlucky not to make it a hat-trick.
Mike McIlravey was unlucky not to make it a hat-trick.

Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming is glad to see his side return to winning ways, although for his money the result against Fauldhouse was inevitable.

Carnoustie emerged 2-1 over Fauldhouse United at Laing Park but there was scope for goals from the hosts.

Alan explained: “I think before we went into the game we were thinking these are the sort of teams in the league that we need to be taking points from so it added a bit of additional pressure for us, but we knew that if we played like we did against Musselburgh we would come away with something, and credit to the boys they did that.

“The game was pretty much sewn up in the first half, although we missed a penalty to make it three goals. The game should have been dead by the end of the first half but we allowed Fauldhouse to come back, but the game was never in doubt.”

The boss is delighted with how his strike team is performing and credits their pace and work ethic.

He added: “I was pleased for Mike McIlravey personally, he does a lot of work in the games and sometimes he doesn’t get what he deserves, but he was also probably disappointed he didn’t get his hat trick.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) they are off to face a dominant Linlithgow Rose, but the boss is not afraid.

He said: “Over the last three years we’ve felt we’ve done enough to win or take something from the games but factors outwith that have seen us come away with nothing.

“We’re definitely starting to close the gap on them and if we can keep this rich vein of form going we can get a result. They are an excellent side and have top players but they will also be keeping their eye on the Scottish Cup so if we can get down and be aggressive we can take something away.”

However, Kev Cumming is on a late fitness test after picking up a knock last week, but Roddy black is back after his four game suspension.