Formartine must avoid a repeat of last season’s slip-up at Clach tonight warns United ace Calum Dingwall.
Even by the Highland League’s standards, this has been a brutally tight title race.
Despite not having lost a league game since November, the Pitmedden club are playing catch-up in the fight for the Highland League crown.
There was also title anguish for Formartine last season as they missed out by four points.
If two of their four draws had been victories, they would have won the league on goal difference.
Clach were one of those teams to stop the Formartine juggernaut – and Dingwall feels Kris Hunter’s group must avoid a similar story tonight.
“They are a good team and when we went up there last year, we drew 2-2,” he said.
“Looking back on it, if we could have got three points up there, maybe we could have won the league.
“We’ve had a tough time up there and we won’t be expecting anything else from them this time around.”
Formartine have in some respects been victims of their own success this season.
Runs in the Scottish and Highland League cups have backed up their fixture list.
The club have qualified for the final of the latter and Dingwall feels games like these are opportunities for players to earn their starting spots.
“We’ve got such a deep squad, you could play two players in near enough every position,” he said.
“We’ve got boys like myself who can play in different positions so you have to prove yourself because everyone wants to play in a cup final.”
Tonight’s game is Formartine’s fourth game in just 12 days but Dingwall feels this is where the squad’s depth shines through.
“It’s a big squad, the manager is rotating it every game,” he said. “The subs are making an impact so it’s good to have so many options.”