Peterhead FC: Gilfillan needs no more motivation

SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S BRYAN GILFILLAN CELEBRATES HIS OPENER
SPFL 2'PETERHEAD V BERWICK RANGERS'(DUNCAN BROWN)' 'PETERHEAD'S BRYAN GILFILLAN CELEBRATES HIS OPENER

If the prospect of the play offs should they stumble is the spectre at Peterhead’s feast then no one is more familar with it than resurgent midfielder Bryan Gilfillan.

Despite back to back promotions with Gretna in the early 2000s, Gilfillan has also has the ignominious honour of having suffered four play off defeats.

“Should it come to that, this would be my fifth play offs and I don’t think I would turn up and I’ve said that to the manager,” he joked.

“If we have to go that again I’ve said to the manager, I’m away. But I’m not worried about that now - if we win the next three games we might be there.

He said: “The gaffer hasn’t said a word for weeks.

“We know our jobs and we just need to go out and do.

“Our points tally over the last two quarters is better than last season, we’ve got a good team and we all know our jobs.”

And do his job Gilfillan has. The 29-year-old netted the first goal against Berwick on Saturday on the back of a man of the match performance last week.

It follows a spell early this year when some fans lambasted his passing but the former Clyde and Gretna man has cemented his place in the starting line up, ahead of star summer signing Jordon Brown.

An added motivation has come from other camps.

Last week the Buchanie reported on Annan boss Jim Chapman’s bizarre ‘cryptic message’ and the Blue Toon were also spurred on by comments from Berwick players which appeared in the press early last week.

Elsewhere in League Two, Gilfillan’s old club Annan matched Peterhead’s performance from last weekend by beating Elgin 3-2 in an edgy affair at Borough Briggs. Ally Love, Steven Swinglehurst and Blair Henderson scored before the break. Shane Sutherland and Paul Harkins replied for City.

Clyde can start planning for the play offs as they move seven points clear in third place after beating Stirling Albion 1-0 at Broadwood. Stefan McCluskey got the only goal.

In the battle for the final play off place, Montrose are moved to within three points of Stirling Albion and the play-offs following their 2-0 win over East Stirlingshire at Links Park. David Gray and former Balmoor boy Bryan Deasley both scored before half time.

Bottom club Queen’s Park saw off a much-changed Albion Rovers team 4-0 at the Excelsior Stadium.

The Wee Rovers were entirely focused on last night’s historic cup quarter-final replay with Rangers and opened the door for James Brough to bag a first-half double and for Blair Spittal and Liam Gormley to seal an emphatic win.