It’s business time, says Alan

Highland League football.
Highland League football.

The old Junior football season hasn’t long ended and already the new one looms large on the horizon.

While the competitive action doesn’t actually get underway until Wednesday, August 6, Gowfers’ manager Alan McSkimming has had his squad back in training since the start of the month with three sessions per week and has arranged an attractive programme of friendlies.

Tomorrow (Saturday) sees the start of a busy week, when they head to Inverurie to meet Colony Park. The pair last met back in November in the third round of the Scottish Cup, with the Gowfers recording a 6-0 win. Tomorrow’s match kicks off at 2.30 p.m.

Next up, on Monday evening they play host to Riverside Athletic, one of the top amateur sides in the area, and follow this, on Wednesday evening, with a trip to East Craigie. Both the evening fixtures are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Further games will follow these and details will be announced in due course.

According to boss Alan McSkimming the sleeves are being rolled up at Carnoustie. He said: “We’ve taken on a game on Saturday, Monday, Wednesday and then again the following Saturday, so it’s all go here.

“I think everyone is ready for it, I don’t think we could do any more, the boys are excited to see the new players in action and so are the management and we want to see how everybody gels together.

“They seem to have done that in training, everybody has been working hard but having a bit of a laugh too. I like to see that in training and but we’re always more serious on match day.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Carnoustie are off to Inverurie for their first friendly. Alan said: “We played Colony Park in the Scottish Cup in the middle of last season and we beat them 6-0, but I think the scoreline was maybe a bit false.

“They moved the ball well and had just been taken over by a new manager so I expect to see a different Colony Park when we go down there, and we’re looking forward to it.”

He added: “This early in the pre-season I can’t ask for too much from the guys. They’ve done the training and now they need to get their match fitness. I’m looking for some good football but also something to build on for the next game and the next one, building up to the bigger games.”

Several players moved on at the end of season with Steven Narey, who has given the Gowfers over 10 years of sterling service, but has been plagued by injury over the last year, deciding that the demands of the Super League are perhaps a bit too much for him. Kevin Milne is off to Tayport, while Graeme Dailly has moved on to North End, Josh Perera has departed the club and Barry Myles has got a job offshore.

The gaffer has his eye on one final addition to the team, but is reluctant to name names until the deal is done next week. Although it is understood to be someone with strong attacking skills and Super League experience.