Gilbert was pipped 7-6 by England team-mate Enrico Forgione in a dramatic conclusion to the junior singles at the recent European Championships in Malta. The local talent trailed 5-2 and 6-4 before clawing his way level, only to be beaten in the closing frame. Gilbert said: I knew the standard was going to be high, but Im happy to have bettered reaching the quarter-finals last year. I was pleased with the way I competed in the final to force the final-frame decided, but Im also disappointed not to have won. I know I can compete now especially under pressure so Ill be hoping to perform well at the World Championships. Gilbert dropped only three frames in his opening four matches to reach the European final. He beat French opponent Adrien Marquet 5-0 in the last 32 before overcoming Ciaran Wallace of Ireland 5-2 in the next round. Maltese player Elcid Aquilina was brushed aside 6-1 in the quarter-finals before Gilbert blitzed another England team-mate, Jasper Simmonds 6-0 in the last four. He was also part of the England A side who bowed out of the team event at the semi-finals. He won 11 of his 15 frames in that competition. Gilberts fine performances have secured automatic qualification for the World Championships later in the year. He is also a talented snooker player, but pool will be his focus this year.