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An Elgin City play-off success would make it third time lucky for Archie Macphee

By Craig Christie

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IT will be third time lucky for Archie Macphee if he can help Elgin City to promotion through the play-offs this year.

Archie Macphee made his Elgin City return at Brechin. Photo: Bob Crombie
Archie Macphee made his Elgin City return at Brechin. Photo: Bob Crombie

The 26-year-old began his third spell with the Borough Briggs last weekend when he completed a loan deal from Formartine United for the rest of the season.

Macphee’s first season with City saw the Black and Whites reach the play-offs, losing to Albion Rovers.

He was part of the City side which finished second in League Two four years ago, but again lost in the play-offs, this time to Clyde.

“Hopefully it can be third lucky,” he said. “I’m pleased to be back at the club and I just want to enjoy my football.

“Everyone at Elgin is aiming to make the play-offs and right now I just want to help them get there.”

The former Ross County man left City for Formartine two years ago. He netted more than 30 goals in his first year with the Pitmedden club, but was farmed out to former Elgin manager Jim Weir at Forfar Athletic when he fell out of favour with his parent club this term.

An ankle ligament injury just six games in saw his time with the Loons cut short, and he only returned to training three weeks ago

“I got a phone call Friday night and thankfully got it done overnight, so it’s good to be back involved.”

Elgin’s immediate need for a left back saw Macphee thrust straight into that position in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Brechin.

“I’ve got a lot of experience at playing left back and I felt very comfortable on Saturday. We were 1-0 down at half time but I thought we stuck to our game plan and thankfully we came out with the three points.

“I’ve still got another year at Formartine so we will see what happens in the summer."

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