Cove Rangers winger Connor Scully insists his side will recover against Keith tomorrow.
Cove face the Maroons at Kynoch Park after losing their top-of-the-table clash with Buckie Thistle 3-2 on Wednesday.
The Christie Park defeat means John Sheran’s side have lost ground on their title rivals.
They have fallen from second to fifth with Brora Rangers, Formartine United and Fraserburgh all leapfrogging them.
Despite this, Scully is adamant that it’s too early in the season to be looking at the league table and says his side will recover and make up the ground.
He said: “We’ll bounce back from it, and we’re not going to take the Buckie defeat too seriously.
“It’s only six games into the season.
“We were disappointed because the silly goals we gave away in the first half let us down.”
The 23-year-old is also encouraged with the way his team fought back from 3-0 down against Buckie and almost managed to snatch a draw in the game’s closing stages.
Scully said: “The boys gave it a good go in the second half. It was just those silly goals in the first half that cost us.
“And we had a goal disallowed from Harry Milne just before half time which would have changed the game’s momentum if it had stood.
“But we’ll be all right on Saturday – we’ll be ready to bounce back.”
The wideman also expects to be given another difficult game against Allan Hale’s team.
He said: “Keith are always good, especially up at Kynoch Park. So we’ve just got to go out there and show the heart that we showed against Buckie and hopefully get a result.”
Scully was particularly influential in the second half against Thistle – swinging in a number of dangerous deliveries and trying to take on defenders.
He hopes to replicate this form against Keith who are looking to respond after a 4-1 reverse away to Forres Mechanics on Wednesday.
Scully said: “Crossing is what I’m good at.
“I’m in the team to put the ball in the box and hopefully I can keep doing that.”