Gowfers itching for a game!

Scotland Camelon Juniors v Carnoustie Panmure 06/09/2014 Falkirk  Carmuirs Park''''Pic by Alan Murray/ www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk

Scotland Camelon Juniors v Carnoustie Panmure 06/09/2014 Falkirk Carmuirs Park''''Pic by Alan Murray/ www.alanmurrayphotography.co.uk

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Carnoustie Panmure were again forced to sit it out on Saturday after a severe overnight frost left their Laing Park pitch unplayable.

They weren’t alone in this, however, as all other local games also fell foul of the weather.

Indeed, only five games involving East Region sides got the go-ahead, three of them being in the Scottish Cup and of them Rossvale v Musselburgh was on the artificial surface at Petershill, Kilwinning v Fauldhouse was of course in Ayrshire, which left only Bonnyrigg playing on their own pitch.

The other ties that beat the freeze, both in the South league, were at Falkirk and Rosyth.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers will have another attempt to get back in action, with the same fixture, at home to Sauchie Juniors, carried over from last week.

Action at Laing Park is due to get under way at 1.45 p.m.

The team is hoping to bring weeks’ worth of pent up energy to their rescheduled fixture against mid-table Sauchie Juniors on tomorrow.

Gowfers’ boss Alan McSkimming is looking forward to letting the coiled spring loose.

He said: “It is so difficult for the boys when all the games are off due to conditions and weather.

“We have been trying to keep them motivated, training on Monday, a friendly on Tuesday against St Andrews United and more training on Wednesday.

“If the game goes ahead on Saturday, they will be right up for it.

“They have been desperate to get a competitive league game for a long time now.”

The last match Carnoustie Panmure managed to play was against league leaders Kelty Hearts, where they lost 4-1 at home.

Looking to the future, however, the gaffer has been taking advantage of the down time to focus on bolstering the team.

Although the junior leagues enjoy a longer transfer window, the senior teams hype up the tempo at the end of January and the Gowfers are not shy of getting involved.

McSkimming said: “It is a really busy time for us. We are working away on deals at the moment. The senior teams’ transfer window is closing soon and they are always on the lookout for talent from the junior teams.

“We are also keen to bring in some new faces to the club.

“We’re very comfortable with the squad at the moment but adding some extra quality would be great.”

Remaining tight lipped on exact deals and names, McSkimming promises to reveal the fruits of his labour as soon as all parties have signed on the dotted line.

At full strength and with the rejuvenated Kevin Cumming back in the squad, Carnoustie Panmure and supporters will be crossing all fingers and toes that the impending bad weather misses out the east of Scotland tomorrow.