Great time for more cup glory, says Alan

Gowfers v Bonnyrigg Rose

Gowfers v Bonnyrigg Rose

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Carnoustie Panmure are clawing their way back into the mix after another solid performance against a big name team netted another point.

Although they were behind by two goals for a proportion of the game manager Alan McSkimming had faith in his team to take something from Bonnyrigg Rose.

He said: “It’s been a really good sort of last three or four weeks in terms of performances. I think we got our just desserts on Saturday, although we’re slightly disappointed only to get a single point. When we went 2-0 down we were still very much on top, we just lacked that killer touch in front of goal and we’ve said that a few times, but a lot of that is confidence which comes with experience.

“It was excellent to get that point, it shows the character and team spirit we have at the club.”

Going 2-0 down was the turning pointing according to Alan. He said: “The boys gritted their teeth and rolled up their sleeves.

“Roddy Black turned a couple of defenders to score and Steven Cook ran 60/70 yards to get on the end of a ball to equalise.

“In the 93rd minute Mike McIlravey had a fair chance. He only had the ‘keeper to beat but the ball didn’t fall they way he wanted it. It was an opportunity to take three points. We have to settle for the one but three points were there for us, their character really came through and there’s a real confident vibe back at the club again.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Bathgate visit Laing Park for the next round of the DJ Laing Cup at just the right time. Alan said: “We couldn’t have got a better game for us tomorrow. A cup game takes a bit of the pressure of the league from the players and gets them thinking about a good cup run. Saturday is a really good opportunity to get into the quarter finals of one of the biggest cups and I know our confidence and quality is there, we just need that consistency of performance.”

According to Alan he has an eye on a new centre half to meet the shortfall since Garry Kenneth’s departure, and should happen before the weekend.