Paul Lawson wants his Formartine United players to make a statement of their intent by beating Brora Rangers tomorrow.
The Pitmedden player-manager takes his side north to Dudgeon Park.
Cove have set a blistering pace at the top of the Highland League but both Brora and Formartine will want to try to challenge the Aberdeen outfit.
To do that Lawson knows the North Lodge Park side need to take points off rivals like Brora.
When asked if it was a chance for his team to make a statement, he said: “Of course it would be.
“We went up there last year and didn’t cover ourselves in glory.
“So it’s important we go up there and put in a performance that we are capable of and that we have done in the past.
“We’ve come off the back of three wins and we want to keep that run going.
“If you want to challenge you’ve got to take points off these teams when you play them.
“We went up a couple of years ago and got a good win, but last year they battered us.
“It’s something we need to be wary of again and make sure that doesn’t happen.”
However, Lawson knows victory won’t come easily against the Cattachs.
He added: “It’s always going to be a tough place to go.
“But we’ll go there with confidence because we have won three games on the bounce.
“The boys are looking forward to it because these are the games you want to play.
“They have a very strong team and a very strong squad, they have a lot of strength in depth.
“They are very good in the forward areas in particular so it’s something we’ll need to be wary of.”
Formartine come into this game after winning 4-3 at Rothes on Wednesday night.
In that game influential centre-back Craig McKeown played again on his recovery from two knee injuries which have kept him out for the last two seasons.
Lawson is delighted to have him and said: “It’s great to see him back.
“He’s a massive player for the club and he’s a massive personality around the place.
“He got through the game and played around 70 minutes, which was good to see.”