Cove Rangers hope “unsung hero” Grant Campbell can keep up the good work against Clach tonight.
Cove face the Inverness side at Harlaw Park, Inverurie (8pm), looking for a win that would see them leapfrog Brora Rangers into pole position in the Highland League table.
Cove boss John Sheran reckons their chances of that are good if former Wick player Campbell can maintain the fine form he has shown in recent weeks.
Sheran said: “I really can’t praise Grant highly enough.
“He’s been the steel at the heart of our midfield, a real unsung hero.
“Blair Yule and Sam Burnett are the ones who are often applauded for the parts they have played in helping us win big games.
“But Grant adds the grit to their polish.
“He’s the sort of player every manager loves to have in their team.”
Cove are looking to complete what would be a remarkable Highland League double.
They are bidding to become champions again despite the fact they haven’t played a single home match since 2015.
That’s when they moved out of their old home at Allan Park, which has since been demolished. They are still waiting for their new one, Balmoral Stadium, to be completed, although that will happen this summer.
Sheran is pleased his players have taken being homeless for so long into their stride.
But he warned they still have work to do if they want to finish ahead of main challengers Brora and Buckie Thistle again.
He said: “As we did last season, we have to take things game by game.
“It would be great to go back to the top of the league, but what counts is still being there when the last ball is kicked. Clach always make it difficult for us and we have other tough games ahead.
“We have achieved nothing yet.”
Cove will again be without injured duo Jonny Smith and Dean Lawrie.