ARTHURLIE boss Andy McFadyen has revealed injured midfielder Conor Bradley provided the inspiration for his players to get three points against Girvan on Saturday.

Bradley, known to his team-mates as ‘Gummy,’ suffered a broken ankle in the first half of last Wednesday’s clash with Maybole, which resulted in the game being abandoned.

He has since had an operation and McFadyen said the Barrhead players were determined to provide him with the ideal pick-me-up by continuing their 100% start to the season.

Speaking after the 5-1 victory over Girvan, which made it four wins from four games for Arthurlie, McFadyen told Barrhead Sport: “It was a great result, especially away from home and scoring so many goals.

“We went down there with a determination to keep the run going. The boys started off in a great frame of mind and they wanted to get the three points for Gummy.

“Everything fell our way and we were 3-0 up before we knew it. Sometimes when you go up like that you can take the foot off the gas and the second half was more fifty-fifty.

“The next goal was pivotal and I told the boys not to give them anything to play for.

“The boys are playing really well and training well and they know the challenge that lies ahead but we’re going to continue to take it one game at a time.”

Bradley, meanwhile, took to Twitter to update Arthurlie fans on his injury.

He wrote: “Thanks for all the messages everyone, really been appreciated. Op went well and be out in a couple of days.”

Gary Carroll got the opener after three minutes on Saturday afternoon and Gary Smith nodded in the second two minutes later.

The third came from a trialist centre-back, with McFadyen hoping to complete a deal this week, as he turned the ball home from close range.

Girvan pulled one back through Mark Curragh before the break and Arthurlie had to stand up to a tougher test in the second half, with the fifth goal set to be vital.

It wasn’t until the final 10 minutes that the away side really made the points safe through a Nad Zeb goal and a second from Carroll, via the penalty spot.

Arthurlie are back on the road tonight as they travel to Rosebank Park to take on Lugar Boswell Thistle ahead of Irvine Victoria visiting Dunterlie on Saturday afternoon.