McSkimming bemoans injury list at Laing Park

Alan McSkimming
Alan McSkimming

Injuries galore are the order of the day for the Gowfers but gaffer Alan McSkimming is full of praise for the team’s spirit.

His side lost 4-1 to high-flyers Bonnyrigg Rose, but according to Alan there were some positives.

He said: “I think it’s just been a continuation of where we’ve been coming from from the start of the season with injuries which is putting us under a lot of pressure. Before we even went in on Saturday we were missing three players from our back four and we were going against an experienced side with a slightly younger back line.

“To be honest we were feeling a little bit sorry for ourselves but the second half was vastly improved on the first, but we were disappointed with the goals we lost because we could have dealt with them better, but that’s not to take credit away from Bonnyrigg.

“We need to make sure we are sticking together which is difficult when we are short so many players. That’s part of the parcel with a team and the boys are showing great spirit to do that week after week. I just hope that’s all of our bad luck out of the way at the beginning of the season.”

Injury worries will continue to dog the gaffer this weekend though. He said: “Liam Scott has dislocated his shoulder again so he is out for some time and will have to see a specialist for that and also consider the long term for playing a contact sport.

“Gavin Thompson picked up an ankle knock so will be a late fitness test and Saturday may be too soon for him.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) they face the mercurial Musselburgh United. Alan said: “Musselburgh were a strange outfit last season, for where they finished on the table they were one of the best teams we played and they had the best passing game and we know they can hurst is in the counter-attack.

“We’re looking forward to the game and the players have a real hunger to put in a good performance for them the game can’t come soon enough.

“I’m fairly confident that we can go down there and pick up some points.”