Should the weather allow it, Broughty Athletic will aim to kick off the second half of the 2017/18 season this Saturday as they welcome neighbours Carnoustie Panmure to Whitton Park in the Super League.
The Fed last played a home league game, a 0-0 draw with league leaders Bonnyrigg Rose, on Saturday 4th November followed by a GA Engineering Cup away loss to Tayport on the 2nd December so competitive football has been lacking as the winter weather set in. Opponents Panmure last played a game, a Scottish Junior Cup home win over Petershill, on the 23rd December but had four previous games called off due to the weather, so both teams will go into Saturday’s game lacking games but determined to take the bragging rights should the result go their way.
Visitors Carnoustie Panmure currently sit third bottom of the Super League with just 14pts from 15 games so far, half their allocation of league games compared to the Feds‘ points tally of 22pts with the same amount of games played. They have four wins to their name, with all four consecutive wins coming in August at the start of the season against Broxburn Athletic, Forfar West End, Newtongrange Star and Camelon.
The sides have already met this season back in October with the Fed coming home with all three points following an emphatic 6-2 win with striker Kevin Milne grabbing a hat-trick in the game. The picture above shows Fed captain Graham Hay netting his goal in the game. Last season the Fed notched up a 4-0 win at Laing Park but suffered a 4-3 home defeat, the start of an unwanted run of ten games without a win for the Fed during last season.
Broughty gaffer Jim Finlayson goes into Saturday’s game with an almost full squad with only defender Garry Kenneth missing through injury. Recent new signing Chris McPherson will be pushing John Sinclair as to who starts in the goal for the Fed following the sale of Iain Ross to senior side Elgin City.
Should the game get the go-ahead and beat the weather conditions it’s sure to be an exciting tough game ahead at Whitton Park for both sides with points to prove and battles to be won on and off the pitch. Carnoustie needs the points as do the Fed, but its worth more than that come this local derby…roll on Saturday.
All fans are reminded this game is a 1-45pm kick off at Whitton Park. For those wishing a bite to eat before and during the game then the ‘Broughty Pie Shop’ will be in operation selling hot pies, soup, tea, bovril etc. All pies are supplied by our local sponsor, the award-winning GRANTS BUTCHERS on Blackness Road in Dundee.
Admission prices are £6 for Adults and £3 for OAPs/Kids.