McSkimming admits Auchinleck Talbot postponement was correct decision

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Anticlimactic was the atmosphere on Saturday as Carnoustie Panmure’s huge Scottish Cup clash with Auchlineck Talbot was postponed.

Torrential overnight rain hammered the lush Laing Park surface, leaving it unplayable for the Gowfers’ sternest test of the season.

The game is scheduled to take place this Saturday instead and fingers throughout the town are crossed that the elements don’t see the tie off for a second successive week.

It’s yet another weekend with a postponed fixture though which is frustrating for all at the Gowfers, with a serious amount of games in hand over other teams above them in the Super League.

Manager Alan McSkimming admitted the decision to call the game off was correct, despite his disappointment.

He said :“I’d been on the pitch in the week and it was fine. I was on there 10pm Friday night and it was perfect, but by the time I got home the heavy rain was on and it didn’t stop until about 6 o’clock the next day.

“Great effort was put it in by myself, the committee and other people associated with the club to get the game on and as much as we thought it would be playable by kick-off, the referee had to make a decision and he’s made the correct one at the time.

McSkimming said the sense of deflation could have lingered, but he’s keeping his players focused on the Talbot clash.

He added: “We need to prepare ourselves again this week to get us ready again for Saturday. It felt deflating on Saturday.

“Everybody is emotionally charged, ready for the game then it’s deflating when it’s called off. This week we’ve been making sure that the focus is completely aligned and the boys are ready for the task ahead of us.

“The boys are ready and desperate to play, we just hope the weather’s good to us.

“Before Friday’s rain the park was immaculate, we haven’t played on it since November.

“It’s in good condition.”