Kris Hunter expects his players to do their talking on the pitch as Formartine face one of their biggest games of the season.
The Pitmedden club face rivals Cove Rangers tomorrow in a fierce local derby.
Formartine are fourth in the table and trail John Sheran’s side by four points.
The game at North Lodge Park could have a significant bearing on the title race.
Both sides are looking to catch Buckie and Brora and three points could be huge in a tight race.
Hunter expects a tough test from the reigning Highland League champions.
But he is confident in his players and wants them to show their mettle against their big rivals.
He said: “We know we have talented players but as I keep saying, it’s great having all that talent on paper but it’s about how they perform on the pitch.
“That’s what Cove do, they do their talking on the park and they have talented players who are always performing.
“We beat them in the cup last time around and we played a certain way against them.
“It was the first time I had played like that against them, so we’ll try and set up like that again.”
Games between the two sides have been heated affairs in recent times.
And neither team will want to lose a derby game – especially with silverware potentially at stake.
Cove won the first league meeting between the two sides 5-1 at Inverurie’s Harlaw Park.
But Hunter expects a very different game this time and feels the significance of the occasion will pump up the players on its own.
He said: “I don’t think you need to build anybody up, the players know the importance of the game and everyone knows the two teams are close.
“Nothing separates the top four teams, Buckie are still up there and the team to beat, you’ve got Brora and they are still fighting.
“It’s important that these two teams keep battling and the teams at the top can’t afford to drop too many more points before the end of the season with it being so close.
“Both camps know how big it is.”
The hosts go into the match unbeaten in five league games.
Perhaps more significantly, Formartine beat Cove in the Aberdeenshire Shield earlier in the season to end a poor run against Sheran’s side.
And Hunter hopes his side can now go into this game without any sort of mental barrier.
“It sometimes gets to your players’ heads and they think ‘what do we have to do to beat them?
“So it’s good to get over that,” he said.
“Some people said it was the second time we had beaten Cove in seven or eight years, so it’s been a long time coming but hopefully that’s the monkey off our back.”