Kris Hunter reckons it’s win or bust for both teams when Brora Rangers and Formartine United clash in the Highland League tomorrow.
Hunter’s United make the long trek north for a match that could have a major bearing on who eventually goes on to win the title.
With Buckie Thistle also facing a difficult trip to Fraserburgh, United boss Hunter believes it could prove to be a key weekend of the campaign.
“Both teams certainly know what will be at stake up at Brora,” said Hunter, who will again be without injured skipper Paul Lawson.
“We are at the stage of the season where nobody can really afford to drop points.
“The games are running out, so it’s a case of winning as many as you can to stay in the mix.
“We accept that will be very tough for us to do up at Brora.
“But the players know it’s a challenge they must be ready for if we hope to remain in the title race.”
Lawson has been ruled out by a calf injury, although Formartine are hopeful the former Celtic and Motherwell midfielder will be fit for next week’s League Cup semi clash with Turiff.
Hunter said: “It would have been great to have Paul with us tomorrow as well, but it wasn’t to be.
“We’ve been hampered by injuries for most of the season but you just have to get on with it.
“We have plenty of other players desperate for the chance to show what they can do.”