Skipper Eric Watson today hailed Cove Rangers for going through 2017 undefeated in the Highland League.
Table-topping Cove saw off defending champions Buckie Thistle 2-0 away to ensure they completed the year without a single league defeat.
Red-hot Cove played 33 league games in 2017, winning 27, drawing six and losing none.
They sit six points clear at the top of the table but have three games in hand over second-placed Inverurie Locos.
Watson reckons their unbeaten run is all the more remarkable as Cove have played every game away from home while waiting for their new stadium to be completed.
Watson said: “To go a whole year undefeated in the league is some achievement.
“We want to keep that run going.
“When you take into consideration that we have a record like that despite having to play away games it really is an incredible achievement.
“It says so much about the team.”
Buckie Thistle were reduced to 10 men in the 20th minute when keeper Daniel Bell was sent off.
Jamie Masson made it 1-0 going into the break with the opener in the 40th minute. Prolific scorer Mitch Megginson doubled the advantage for Cove with 15 minutes remaining.
Despite Cove’s relentless form Watson refuses to get carried away with the title race only at half way.
He said: “I know we have a lead at the top and every team in the league would welcome that.
“But I am still very cautious that the gap can be chewed up quite quickly by a couple of defeats on the bounce.
“We have got to play Brora twice home and away and we also have to go up to Fraserburgh as well.”
This season runaway league leaders Cove have won 17 league games, drawn two and suffered no defeats.
Watson said: “I feel we are stronger now than we were last season. It is a joy to play in this team. This is the most enjoyable football I have experienced in all my years with Cove.”
In the only other game to beat the winter freeze, Wick Academy won 2-1 away to Lossiemouth.