Broughty Athletic manager Keith Gibson reflects back on his side’s two recent friendly wins over local junior side’s Downfield and North End and looks towards this Saturday’s Super League trip to face second place Musselburgh Athletic. Read below what the gaffer had to say…

“It was great to get two friendlies under our belts this week and the players to get some much-needed game time. Again it’s really frustrating with call offs with the Super League games but there’s nothing much we can do about that. I was really pleased with the performances against Downfield and North End and felt they were both worthwhile fitness exercises.

I spoke with the players before both games and stressed to them that we had to make the most of these games as sometimes when you play friendlies players can go through the motions. Credit to all the lads in both games, I felt we played at a real tempo and the work rate was excellent and we played some really good stuff. No goals conceded and thirteen scored, notably seven from Grant Lawson, is a great return from the lads from both friendly games. We need to push on and turn that into points in the league and climb the league table.

We are going into a really important stage of the season and although I’m not getting carried away we can take these positive performances into our competitive games. I’ve said it before that we have real competition for places with this squad and I’ve definitely got a headache in terms of team selection after the two recent games.

I’d also like to say how well our three young players performed over both games. John Sinclair played the full game against Downfield in goal and produced a confident performance and it was great for him to get a clean sheet. Derryn Kesson came on for the last half an hour in both games and you can see what a real prospect he is, against Downfield he created two goals and scored and again against North End he caused their defence all sorts of problems. Conor Samson has looked really comfortable in both games at right back, he is very comfortable on the ball and likes to get forward also. Kieran Ross was unavailable due to illness. The boys all have bright futures and I have no hesitation in including in future squads or even the starting lineups.

Fingers crossed the Musselburgh game is on this Saturday and we’ll train hard this week with a view to the game being on. We have the added bonus of already having played and beaten Musselburgh 3-1 this season, in the East of Scotland Cup, but they are not sitting second top of the league for nothing and come Saturday it will be a hard tough game for us…”