Inverurie Locos boss Neil Cooper believes his side have a “fantastic chance” when they take on Cove Rangers tomorrow in a top-of-the-table Highland League clash.
The pair face off at Harlaw Park in what is Cove’s so-called “home” game. The match is not guaranteed to go ahead because of the snow in the North-east in recent days.
The Aberdeen outfit are first in the table and the Railwaymen second.
Both have 44 points but Cove have a superior goal difference and have only played 16 games compared to Locos on 20.
Cove edged their first league encounter back in August 2-1.
But Inverurie have come a long way since then and Cooper believes his players are capable of ending Cove’s unbeaten start to the league season to go top of the table.
He said: “Cove have done extremely well again this season.
“We had a very close game with them in our home game.
“We had a lot of injuries and suspensions and we had to move people about.
“We’re a lot stronger since then, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
“But if we keep showing the same form we’ve shown through the past 16 games then we have a fantastic chance of getting a result against them.
“Cove have had two draws in the Highland League but nobody has beaten them so it would be good to be the first team to beat them in the league this season and go top of the table.
“We know they have games in hand so it’s an incentive for us to try to win and go above them in the table.”
Locos have also been buoyed this week by the signing of attacker Chris Angus from Buckie.
But it is unlikely he will feature in this game because of a hamstring niggle.
Cove boss John Sheran says they are viewing tomorrow’s showdown as their biggest game so far this term.
He said: “It’s a top-of-the-table clash and we are going into it viewing it as the biggest game of our season so far. We’ll be ready to get stuck in and get on with it.
“We know they are a good side who have good players, they wouldn’t be where they are in the league if they didn’t have good players.
“You like to play in big games so the boys are looking forward to it.”