Peterhead’s Paddy Boyle insists there’s no better feeling than winning a league title as he aims for a third promotion in four years.
Victory for the Blue Toon on Saturday against Stirling Albion at Balmoor will secure the League Two championship and promotion.
Boyle knows how it feels to go up, having helped Ayr United to the League One title last season and he also won promotion with the Honest Men to the Championship in 2016.
The left-back would love to collect another winners’ medal with the Buchan outfit this weekend which would be 10 years after his first honour in the game – when he helped Dumbarton to the Third Division in 2009.
The 31-year-old said: “I won the League One title last season with Ayr and have been having a good time.
“If we go up then it will be my third promotion in four years and it’s a great feeling.
“There is nothing better than winning something, as a team you remember it forever.
“Fingers crossed, we can seal it on Saturday and it takes the pressure right off us in the last game.
“I think I won a title 10 years ago and didn’t win anything for another seven or eight years.
“I suffered a relegation with Ayr and that is the worst feeling in the world.
“Winning a title is the complete opposite of that and I still speak to players I won a title with 10 years ago.
“It’s a great achievement to be remembered and the job isn’t done. But hopefully we can have the same feeling and the same memories this weekend.”
In recent weeks Peterhead have had to grind out results, with Saturday’s 2-1 win at Elgin their 11th league win by a single goal this season.
Boyle added: “We want to get the job done as soon as possible.
“It has been a grind over the last few weeks, but it can become that at the end of the season.
“We’ve got Stirling Albion at home so if we can win that it’s done. That sounds easy but we still have to go out and make sure we perform.
“We got the job done against Elgin but I think it was a nervous watch for the fans and it was nervous for us on the pitch. To be honest, I felt we should have been out of sight.
“When you don’t do that by taking your chances it does give the opposition hope.
“Fair play to Elgin’s keeper, he made three great saves to keep them in it.
“But we managed to get the job done and at this time of the season that is all that matters.”
In the win at Borough Briggs the Blue Toon were grateful to goalie Greg Fleming for a crucial first-half penalty save from Ross MacIver.
Boyle said: “It was a brilliant save from Greg and it might sound stupid to say this but I almost expect it from him.
“I played with Greg at Ayr and when he was there he saved something like 11 out of 15 penalties.
“Due to that I’m actually more surprised if he doesn’t save it.
“It was a great save from him and he is a top goalie at this level. Below the Championship he is probably the best goalie going about.”