Mitch Megginson was North football’s top scorer last season.
But the Cove Rangers striker is hoping to avoid a hat-trick tonight in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup final.
Megginson has played in the last two Shire Cup finals with Cove, being beaten in both – on penalties by Buckie Thistle two years ago and 1-0 by Formartine United 12 months ago.
The attacker who bagged 52 goals last season is keen not to focus on previous defeats and hopes to avoid picking up a third Shire Cup runners-up medal this evening.
Megginson, pictured, said: “It’s not something that we’re overly concerned with.
“But I think you do have to think about them and be wary of what can happen.
“But this is a new final and a fresh final so we have to go in confident in our ability and believing we can win it.
“We don’t want a hat-trick of defeats in the final.
“There are 11 players and subs that stop that and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.”
Megginson scored in his first Shire Cup final against Buckie, but the man who has hit 16 goals already this campaign is dreaming of getting on the scoresheet in a winning cause tonight.
He added: “I would like to score in the winning team – but the main thing is picking up the cup.
“If I manage to pitch in with a few goals then I’ll be more than happy.
“As a striker you want to score in cup finals and I managed to bag a couple in the Shield final against Dee last season so I’ll be looking to do the same again.
“Everyone wants to be on the scoresheet in a final so hopefully I can do that on Friday.”
Megginson says Cove are a club geared to win trophies and after lifting the Highland League and Aberdeenshire Shield last term the former Aberdeen man is hoping to deliver more silverware by winning the Shire Cup.
He said: “When I first signed for the club the target was to get into League Two and that target hasn’t changed.
“Cove over the years are a team that wants to win trophies.
“I’ve been in numerous finals since signing and I want to win as many medals as I possibly can at Cove and Friday gives me another chance to go and do that.
“It would cap off our start. It’s always nice to pick up a trophy early in the season.
“Everyone at Cove is here to win things, we’re not here to lose.
“I think we’re due a win in this cup after being pipped to it in the last two finals.
“You always want to pick up a trophy at the end of the game rather than having to sit and watch the other team lift it.”
Megginson expects an attacking, end-to-end encounter against Banks o’ Dee.
And he thinks that should suit Cove as it will give their frontmen more space than some of the games they play in the Highland League where teams like to sit in and be difficult to break down.
Megginson said: “It will be a tough test and we found that last season when we played them in the Shield final.
“They are very attacking and looking at results in their league they have given some teams a hiding.
“So they’re in the same vein as us really, getting you pinned back and trying to get goals early, get ahead and keep going.
“So we do know what to expect from them and it’s a really tough test.
“In the Highland League a lot of teams play us and they sit in and make it hard for us.
“We do well against the bigger teams because they’re not as tight and it opens up the space for us to exploit them on the break.
“I’m sure we’ll look to do that tonight.”