Formartine United manager Kris Hunter has called on his players to improve their record against Cove Rangers.
Last season’s runners-up in the Highland League take on the champions at Harlaw Park tomorrow.
Boss Hunter is calling on his charges to change their fortunes against John Sheran’s team – with United failing to beat Cove in six meetings last season.
The former Fraserburgh and Turriff United manager is determined to buck the trend.
Hunter said: “We don’t have a good record against them so we need to change that.
“The two teams know what to expect from each other given the amount of games we played last season.
“There have been one or two changes in personnel for both teams but it’s going to be a hard game.”
However, Hunter also believes that tomorrow’s meeting is not a “must win” for the Pitmedden side.
United sit fourth in the table with 16 points, Cove are third, only above them on goal difference.
Brora Rangers are second with 18 points and Buckie Thistle top the table with 21 points.
But Hunter insists the chance to leapfrog Cove does not matter for now.
“Going above Cove doesn’t mean anything – it’s just important we get the three points. It doesn’t matter where you are in the table just now because there’s a long way to go.
“The table’s going to change week in, week out.
“But it’s important to get three points whether it’s Cove or anyone else you’re playing,” he said.
Formartine will be boosted by the return of midfielders Derek Young and Scott Ferries from injury, along with the arrival of new signing Jamie Masson.
Former Aberdeen midfielder Masson had been at North Lodge Park last term and has re-signed after not being able to gain a deal with a full-time club.
On the signing, Hunter said: “We had him here last year and I think he enjoyed himself.
“We’re happy to get him back.
“He’s very quick on the ball and has great technique.
“He creates chances for other people and he has great energy levels as well as two great feet.”
Formartine’s only absentee for the clash with Cove is striker Neil Gauld.