Harry Milne has rallied Cove Rangers to keep up their unbeaten Highland League record when they face Deveronvale tonight.
The Granite City team have won all 11 league matches this term.
But the Highland League champions were beaten 2-1 on Saturday in the Scottish Cup second round replay by Scottish Junior Cup holders Auchinleck Talbot.
Left-back Milne, who can also play in midfield, wants to put that behind them by collecting three points against the Banffers at the Balmoral Stadium tonight.
He said: “We want to bounce back as quickly as possible really and it’s a perfect opportunity to do that.
“Things didn’t really go our way on Saturday, but I felt we did enough to at least put it to extra-time.
“This is a different team and a different game and Vale are no pushovers, but we want to bounce back.
“We’ve said for the last two seasons that the club’s ambition is to move up.
“So, the league is always the focus and anything extra is a bonus. We had a nice Scottish Cup run last year and that was good.
“But this year, it wasn’t our year and it allows us to concentrate on the league.
“We’ve had a flawless start so far and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue.
“We want to keep up our unbeaten start to the league for as long as possible.
“We’ve gone on long runs before, but it shows the quality of the other teams in the league that we’ve not drawn a game, but they are still there or thereabouts.”
Elsewhere, Formartine United’s Archie Macphee wants them to follow up their fine win at Brora Rangers with three points against Buckie Thistle.
The Pitmedden team play the Jags at North Lodge Park. Paul Lawson’s team are sixth in the table, one place above Buckie.
United recorded a fine 2-1 away win against Brora on Saturday and Macphee wants them to follow it up again tonight.
The attacker said: “That does give us confidence, it was a really good three points up there. Dudgeon Park is always a hard place to go, but the boys managed to get the points and that means we’re full of confidence for the game against Buckie.
“All you can do is take each game at a time and we’ve doing that over the last few weeks. Now, the focus is on this game and we’ll try to take another three points.”
Victory would move Formartine five points clear of the Jags directly below them. Macphee added: “Buckie are a big, physical team, but they have good players going forward with the likes of Stevie Ross. There are others who play alongside him and we know their dangers.
“We want to close the gap on the teams ahead of us and at the same time open the gap on the teams below us.
“The three points from this game could be massive in terms of doing that.”
Elsewhere, Huntly make the trip to Mackessack Park to play Rothes, Forres Mechanics play struggling Fort William at Mosset Park and Brora Rangers host Lossiemouth.