Unwanted treble for Gowfers

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On Saturday, the Gowfers achieved a hat-trick they didn’t really want, when their home game against Camelon Juniors fell foul of the weather.

This was the third week in a row that Laing Park has succumbed to the elements. When the committee arrived at the park, just before 8 a.m. they found that, as a result of a fairly severe overnight frost, the playing surface were frozen solid.

They contacted region secretary John Reilly to be told that the Lochee United game was already off and if they thought that Laing Park was unplayable, they could postpone the match without going to the expense of a pitch inspection.

Of the 30 scheduled matches due to take place in the East Region, only one actually went ahead, and that one had to be switched.

With Kelty Hearts’ Central Park being unplayable, their game with Bo’ness United was switched to Newton Park. The Fifers however may now regret the switch as they went down 1-0.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gowfers, hope to get their first round tie in the North/Tayside Inter-Region, G.A. Engineering Cup, played when they welcome Forfar West End to Laing Park.

Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming has his fingers crossed that the weather gods and the Met Office will be on his side.

He said: “The forecast has been pretty true to form lately so if it stays mild there will be a real chance we get a game for the first time in four weeks. The boys are excited at the prospect of the game and it’s important to get this fixture out of the way as it will be the second time we’ve tried to play it.

“I think it will be a good game, we’ve not played them for a couple of seasons and they were recently promoted to the Premier League, but I don’t see any reason they will cause us any problems if we get can get back to our form of previous weeks.

“We need to make sure we get up to this level or we may have a problem if we drop below it, but the focus and performance of the boys has been excellent.”

If the Gowfers can get pastWest End they are drawn at home against Stonehaven in the last 16. Kick-off will be at the slightly earlier time of 1.30 p.m.