Second season is the key, says McSkimming

Veteran Steven Narey is retiring after 10 years with the Gowfers.
Veteran Steven Narey is retiring after 10 years with the Gowfers.

Although Saturday was a bit of an anti-climax for gaffer Alan McSkimming’s first season in charge of the Gowfers, he’s not too disheartened.

The boss is rolling with the punches after their 5-0 defeat at the hands of Camelon last weekend.

He said: “Disappointing? It was and it wasn’t. The scoreline was accurate, but we didn’t have a team at all, we had eight or nine boys missing so we had to draft in a lot including amateurs. There was a lot of work done during the week for a game that had no real relevance. The players we brought in did excellently but it wasn’t ideal.

“When you play Camelon, whether it’s the end of the season or the start, you know they’re going to be strong.

“But it did give us a chance to see some guys play at this level and to see if they could do it.”

It has been a steep learning curve for the first-time boss with highs and lows aplenty, including a very real dalliance with relegation.

Alan said: “For me this is our second time around so we feel a bit more prepared than we were 12 months ago when it was all fresh but this time we have the benefit of our experience.

“I’m definitely looking forward to working out the kinks. When we took this job it was a two-year plan and we always said the second year would be our most important. I’m excited to see what next season will bring.”

Changes already in the offing will include the retiral of 10-year veteran Gowfer Steven Narey who will have his own testimonial in the pre-season. Alan said: “He will be leaving the club after 10 years. He’s been a fantastic servant and a great player for the club. I’m sad to see him leave but football the game has changed so much since he started and he’s not getting any younger!

“There will be a few guys leaving the club and we will be speaking to them but until their contracts expire later this month we will have to keep schtum.”