Gowfers’ clash is washed out

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When the committee lads arrived at the ground just before 8 a.m. on Saturday, to make preparations for their East Superleague tie against Newtongrange Star, they found that as a result of heavy overnight rain, the pitch was completely awash.

Match referee Mike Roncone was called, to carry out the necessary pitch inspection, and when he arrived his decision was made in seconds and the game was off.

There were a further 14 games in the East Region postponed with the match between Broxburn and Bo’ness starting, but being abandoned at half-time due to a blizzard.

Gowfers’ gaffer Alan McSkimming had hoped to work around the poor weather which continued into this week.

He said: “The plan this week was to train Monday, have a friendly on Tuesday, train again on Thursday and take the weekend off. But the weather conditions on Tuesday meant that we weren’t able to play it.

“The plan is to do the same next week and we have a friendly with St Andrew’s across the water on their 3G surface.”

But every cloud has a silver lining according to Alan: “This has definitely been an opportunity for us to rest and recuperate. The story of our season has been riddled with injuries and this last couple of weeks has been the same, with us down to the bare bones through injuries and players being unavailable. We might even get to field Luke McGeehan six weeks after we signed him!”

Alan is also hoping to see some of his walking wounded return to action, including Kev Cumming and Mark Kohler. “This break has given us an opportunity to get these guys back to playing and it couldn’t have come at a better time,” he said.

It was announced earlier this week that defender Garry Kenneth has been signed by Australian side Adamstown Rosebuds, and he will depart for Down Under at the beginning of March, giving him potentially four or five more appearances for Panmure.

Alan said: “With Garry it was a great signing to get for the club but we were realistic that it wasn’t going to be a long term thing because his ability was going to attract the attention of other teams in our league and beyond. We are delighted for Garry, this is a great opportunity for him and we would like to thank him for his contribution to the club so far.”

Tomorrow’s match

With the demise of Ballingry Rovers, back in November, the East Superleague has now been reduced to 15 clubs which means that each week one club has no fixture, and tomorrow (Saturday) it’s the Gowfers’ turn to be idle.

The plus side to this, is that it will give the players who have been unavailable over the last few weeks a bit more time to come back into the squad.

Results – Sauchie Juniors 1, Camelon Juniors 2; Linlithgow Rose 4, Lochee United 1; Kelty Hearts 0, Penicuik Athletic 0; Fauldhouse United 2, Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1.

McBookie.com East Superleague

P W D L F A Pts

Kelty Hearts 16 11 4 1 43 14 37

Newtongrange 14 10 3 1 30 12 33

Linlithgow 13 9 2 2 39 16 29

Bo’ness Utd 14 8 3 3 32 14 27

Penicuik Ath 16 6 6 4 22 21 24

Bonnyrigg 14 7 2 5 32 27 23

Musselburgh 13 6 2 5 21 22 20

Sauchie Jnr 16 5 4 7 18 33 19

Broxburn 14 3 8 3 19 18 17

Camelon 18 4 4 10 20 35 16

Hill of Beath 15 4 3 8 22 27 15

Fauldhouse 14 3 5 6 22 26 14

Armadale 13 2 3 8 17 30 9

Carnoustie 13 2 3 8 13 31 9

Lochee Utd 13 2 0 11 20 44 6

Ballingry Rvrs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0