Cove Rangers boss John Sheran today readied his injury-hit squad for a battle against Forres as they prepare to play a League Cup tie for a third time.
The Breedon Highland League Cup quarter-final has twice been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at Mosset Park.
At stake is a last-four clash and a trip to cup holders Brora Rangers, and Sheran knows Cove face a fight to progress to the semi-final stage.
He said: “Forres Mechanics is always a game where you know you are going to be in for a battle.
“This cup tie will be no different.
“It has been a bit of a pain trying to get the tie played but the weather over the weekend was horrendous.
“The forecast for tonight is promising, so hopefully it goes ahead.”
Cove Rangers set up the quarter-final clash with a 4-2 win over Lossiemouth last month at Harlaw Park, Inverurie.
Reigning Highland League champions Cove Rangers are in a four-way scrap to retain their league crown.
But Sheran is also targeting cup silverware as well as retaining the league title.
He said: “We want to win every game and win every trophy that is available to us.
“The Highland League Cup means a lot to the club as we have done well in it in the past and want to repeat that.”
Sheran has three first team regulars out for tonight’s clash. Striker Jonny Smith is a long term absentee with a knee injury.
Daniel Park is unavailable due to work commitments while Ryan Stott has sustained a stress fracture in a foot and will be out for another two weeks.
Midfielder Grant Campbell will, however, return from injury tonight and is set to be named on the bench for Cove.
Sheran said: “We do not have an abundance of bodies for the cup tie, but we have enough.”
With Smith set to be sidelined for the rest of the season Turriff United striker Nick Gray was signed recently until summer 2019.
The 25-year-old is ineligible for tonight’s tie, but will be available for the semis should Cove progress.
Sheran said: “Nick is only ineligible for tonight as he was not signed before the original date of the tie.”
Cove sit second in the Highland League in defence of their title. They trail leaders Brora by one point but have played two games less.
Sheran said: “The great thing about the Highland League it is never predictable who is going to be at the top.
“Last season there were three teams going at it hammer and tongs for the title and this year there are four.
“It is wide open for whoever goes in and wins the most games between now and the end of the season.
“Even the lower teams in the league are capable of taking points off the top sides.
“It is a good league.”