Jordon Brown knows Forres Mechanics will raise their game as they make their first trip to Cove Rangers’ Balmoral Stadium.
However, the attacker says the Aberdeen side are “absolutely” looking to continue their unbeaten Highland League start in tomorrow’s clash.
John Sheran’s men could get their 14th win in 14 league matches against the Can-Cans in a season which has already seen them lift the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup.
They are already three points clear at the summit, with three games in hand on nearest challengers Fraserburgh.
Things haven’t gone as smoothly in other competitions, with a Scottish Cup exit to juniors Auchinleck Talbot a couple of weeks ago, before Wednesday’s 4-2 Aberdeenshire Shield defeat to Formartine United.
Brown said: “Forres is a tough game for us against one of the better teams in the league.
“They’ll look forward to the first time coming here.
“We know when teams come here they’re going to raise their game, so it’ll be tough.”
Forres are fourth in the Highland table, five points behind Cove, but having played four more matches.
They are certainly one of the division’s stronger teams, although Brown & Co, who have aspirations of another runaway title triumph and successful promotion to the Scottish Leagues through the play-offs next spring after this year’s near miss, may use the game to restore their own air of “domestic” invincibility.
The attacker said: “We’ve got to show why we don’t get beat often and get back on track as soon as we can.
“The league’s always been our number one priority.
“But we go into every game knowing the pressure is on us to win.
“Absolutely we’re looking to continue our record and keep going.
“That’s us lost a couple of cup games now, which is disappointing because we want to win everything we’re in and we think we’re good enough to win everything we’re in.
“We’re left with the league now to concentrate on.”
Cove will be missing skipper Eric Watson and midfielder Connor Scully after both were sent off in the 4-2 loss to Formartine in midweek.
Sheran’s men were uncharacteristically leaky at the back, conceding as many goals as they have in the whole league term so far after a slow start.
Prior to the game, they’d already beaten United twice, once in the Shire Cup and once in the league, both at the Balmoral Stadium, but it was a pretty comfortable night for the visitors.
Brown said: “It was a tough one to take.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game, but conceding four goals and getting two men sent off was poor from us. I’m not sure, to be honest (what caused the bad start).
“The two early goals were too easy from our point of view.
“I’ve hit the post and the ball’s gone along the line. If that goes in at 1-0 it’s maybe different.
“But I thought we were decent enough, although nowhere near our best.
“Obviously we score the goal right at the end, which is frustrating, because if we’d left ourselves less of a gap we could’ve got back into the game.”
Elsewhere in the Highland League Buckie Thistle host Turriff United at Victoria Park.
Deveronvale make the trip north to play Brora Rangers at Dudgeon Park and Keith take on Wick Academy at Kynoch Park.
Lossiemouth are at home to Nairn County and Clachnacuddin play Strathspey Thistle at Grant Street Park.