Rain, rain (and wind) go away, says manager

Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.
Ian Gilzean manager of Carnoustie Panmure Football Club.

PANMURE manager Ian Gilzean is hoping the foul weather won’t continue to curse his side’s league fixtures.

This came after a friendly against Tayport suffered from high winds, Ian said: “No it got called off. It was a little bit too breezy and the pitch was swamped.

“To play in those conditions would have been ludicrous. The wind was unbelievable, and the Tay Bridge was closed, which just added to the problems. We wanted a game before the weekend, but not to be.”

It will be a case of third time lucky against Lochee United, as the previous two clashes were cancelled due to poor weather.

Ian joked: “We were frozen off, the pitches were really hard. Hopefully it’ll go ahead, and the forecast is meant to be better for the game.”

Panmure have not played a league fixture since November 26, when they lost 3-1 to St Andrews United, not an ideal situation according to the gaffer.

He said: “Lochee are probably in the same boat, so we’re going back out and we’ll see if the boys all last the pace. If not we’ve got substitutes to bring on.

“We wanted a game before the weekend, but there’s not a lot we can do.”

Ian is still in favour of summer football and added: “It’s not been as bad as last year, that’s the only good thing you can say about it!

“After all, it’s Scotland, we’re not in the Mediterranean so we have to deal with these problems.”

On the plus side, apart from the long term injuries, plenty of rest means the Gowfers look to have a full squad tomorrow.