Formartine United manager Kris Hunter expects a difficult game when his side face Strathspey Thistle tomorrow.
Strathspey sit bottom of the Highland League, having lost all three of their opening league games and conceded 17 goals in the process.
Despite that, Formartine boss Hunter is wary of the threat the Jags pose.
He said: “Any game in the Highland League is tough and tomorrow will be no different.”
The Pitmedden side go into the game having returned to winning ways against Clachnacuddin last weekend.
The victory followed a couple of disappointing home defeats.
United lost 3-0 to Wick Academy in the Highland League and then went out of the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup 5-4 on penalties after a 3-3 draw with Fraserburgh.
But after getting past Clach 2-1 – thanks to a stoppage time penalty from Paul Lawson – Hunter feels his side are starting to click as they look to challenge for the Highland League title this campaign.
“It was good to get three points,” said Hunter.
“We maybe got a bit lucky. Clach could have got something out of the game.
“But I thought we looked better after the defeats we’ve had.”
The former Fraserburgh and Turriff United manager also issued a rallying call to his team to avoid any slip-ups this weekend.
He said: “We’ve got to make sure we perform and if we perform we should win.
“We’re trying to get a run of victories going like last season.”
Formartine are likely to face Strathspey without summer signing and former Don Derek Young.
The midfielder is still struggling having picked up a knock on the first day of the Highland League season against Keith.
However, midfielder Stuart Anderson is expected to return from injury.