Formartine United assistant boss Russell Anderson is looking for his side to carry on their form into next season, after his side finished second in the Highland League.
The Pitmedden men beat Wick Academy 2-1 to finish one point ahead of Inverurie Locos.
Anderson said: “You can often find the last game or last couple of games there’s not much to play for. But we still had an objective to finish as high up the league as we could.
“It was good to finish off with a win.”
Formartine scored first at North Lodge Park through Graeme Rodger just before half-time. The midfielder struck from the edge of the area.
But Wick had missed a penalty in the first half, which United keeper Kevin Main saved, before also stopping the rebound and seeing the third attempt sail over his goal.
After Wick equalised late on through Alan Hughes – Jevan Anderson was sent off for Formartine prior to this – it looked as if the chance of second place was slipping away.
However, Wayne Mackintosh grabbed the winner in the last five minutes.
Anderson said: “If you offered us second place and two cups (the Aberdeenshire Cup and League Cup) when we took over we would have been happy.
“Obviously we were quite a bit behind Cove when we came in.
“It was always going to be a tough task to close that gap. They were the best team and the league shows that.
“But I think the way we’ve finished the season (has been pleasing), I think that’s 16 wins on the bounce.
“Hopefully that’ll put us in a good position for the start of next season.”
On next term and title ambitions, whether or not champions Cove are still in the league or make it through the SPFL play-offs, Anderson added: “You start every season looking to see if you can be competitive in every competition you enter.
“Irrespective of whether or not Cove are going to be in the league or not, it’s going to be difficult.
“There will be a few teams who’ll look to strengthen in the summer. We’ll be no different to that.”