Gowfers derby pairs league’s on-form sides

Ricky Patrick challenges Newtongrange's Matthu King
Ricky Patrick challenges Newtongrange's Matthu King

Nobody expected Saints and Carnoustie Panmure would go in to this weekends ‘gowfers derby’ level on nine points after five games and both in the top five.

But that’s how it stands after both made flying starts to their new campaigns.

Saints have beaten Bonnyrigg Rose, Tayport and Newtongrange Star, while the Angus side have defeated Musselburgh, Tayport and Camelon.

Both sides have been narrowly beaten by Bo’ness United and thumped by Broughty Athletic.

Carnoustie boss Alan McSkimming has assembled his squad on a shoestring, with little money available to sign players.

Saints boss Phil McGuire said he expects a tricky time on his travels.

“We look forward to a very difficult game away to Carnoustie, who have also started the season very well indeed,” he said.

“Alan McSkimming has been at the club a couple of years now and you can see he has started to get them playing as he wants. They will be very organised and a threat.

“We know first of all that we must match the work rate and show a very high level of concentration throughout the game.

“If we do that and look to be brave, get on the ball and create, I am sure we can cause them some problems.

“It will be a very difficult match but I am sure it will be a very good match indeed.”

Kick-off at Carnoustie’s Laing Park is 2.30pm with admission £5 and £2 for concessions.