Kris Hunter wants Formartine United to push on in the Highland League title race.
The Pitmedden side host Huntly tonight having been inactive for the past two weekends.
They were free on Saturday, September 24 courtesy of a bye to the Scottish Cup second round due to finishing second in the Highland League last season.
They also missed out last Saturday because league opponents Lossiemouth were playing in a cup replay against Forres.
After their break boss Hunter wants United to continue their tilt at the Highland League title.
He said: “It’s about challenging now.
“Along with a few other teams we are trying to win the Highland League and you need to win games of football to do that.
“We’ve dropped points, so far and we can’t afford to drop a lot more.
“It’s very competitive at the top but we had a couple of good victories before the break, so we just need to carry that on and push on.”
Formartine are fourth in the league with 22 points.
They are four points behind Cove Rangers in third, six points behind second placed Brora Rangers and nine behind leaders Buckie Thistle, although the three sides above them have played one more game.
The North Lodge Park team’s last victory came at Turriff United on September 17, with Garry Wood scoring both goals in a 2-1 triumph.
Despite the lack of recent action Hunter is happy his squad got a break.
“The break has done us good by getting a couple of boys cleared up after having niggling injuries,” he said.
“We’ve trained really hard and had a lot of good sessions and it’ll be good just to get back into games again.
“I’ve seen a freshness to the team and a few of the boys getting their fitness up as well just with being able to let injuries settle down and train at full pelt.
“Hopefully, we’ll see the benefit of that tonight.”
Huntly, meanwhile, head for Formartine full of confidence.
They have recorded back to back wins, beating Girvan 2-1 in the Scottish Cup first and then defeating local rivals Keith 2-1 at Christie Park on Saturday.
Due to this form Hunter believes they will be challenging opposition.
He said: “It’ll be difficult because they were going through a difficult spell at the start of the season but they’ve had back-to-back wins.
“It doesn’t matter what team you’re playing against if they’re winning games and confidence is high the players have that winning belief.
“And that makes it difficult if they’re confident.”