Macphee keeping it real as El­gin eye play-offs

Catch­ing Loons not cap­tain’s pri­or­ity

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Sport - BY ANDY SKIN­NER

El­gin City skip­per Archie Macphee says his side must cast aside thoughts of catch­ing League 2 lead­ers For­far and fo­cus on con­sol­i­dat­ing a play-off po­si­tion.

For­far have raced 11 points clear of the Black and Whites, who are third ahead of to­day’s game against An­nan Ath­letic at Bor­ough Briggs.

With An­nan six points be­hind City, de­fender Macphee is in­tent on ex­tend­ing the gap as the Mo­ray out­fit look to se­cure a play-off place for the se­cond suc­ces­sive sea­son.

Macphee said: “It’s a mas­sive game. An­nan are sit­ting fourth but if we get the win we will go nine points ahead of them which would put us in a good po­si­tion.

“We just have to con­cen­trate on our­selves. All we can do is try to fin­ish as high as pos­si­ble.

“Hope­fully, that is in the play-offs. Ide­ally, we would be right up there chal­leng­ing For­far but if not then the play-offs is our aim.

“There is not much be­tween our­selves and For­far but they have ground out re­sults.

“They have won seven or eight games by one goal, whereas we have lost seven or eight games by one goal.

“I don’t know what it is but we’re just look­ing to fin­ish as high as we can.”

El­gin have lost both meet­ings with An­nan this term with­out find­ing the net but Macphee is con­fi­dent his side can build on last Satur­day’s fine 3- 0 away vic­tory against Mon­trose.

The 23- year- old said: “We haven’t beaten An­nan this sea­son. They are a sticky side, well-or­gan­ised and big phys­i­cally. We just have to go out there and play the way we have been re­cently. It was bril­liant to get back to win­ning ways against Mon­trose last week. We hope to build on that mo­men­tum against An­nan.”

Macphee says he and his team-mates will be de­ter­mined to im­press man­ager Jim Weir to­day in or­der to keep their places for next week’s Scot­tish Cup tie against Ca­ley This­tle.

The for­mer Nai r n County player added: “We just have to fo­cus on this game but any­one se­lected this week will want to re­main in the team the fol­low­ing week.

“It’s a mas­sive match for the club and for the north. Ev­ery­one will want to do their best to make sure their name stays on the team sheet.

“We will con­cen­trate on An­nan first but I don’t think many peo­ple in the team will want to miss out on next week’s game.”

GO­ING IN ON A HIGH: Archie Macphee leads El­gin against An­nan to­day lifted by a fine away win at Mon­trose

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