Paul Lawson wants to see his confident Formartine United pick up three points against Rothes tonight.
The Pitmedden side travel to Mackessack Park in good form.
In their last two matches they’ve beaten Fraserburgh 4-0 in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final before beating East Stirlingshire by the same score on Saturday in the Scottish Cup second round.
Player-manager Lawson has been pleased with this form.
He says it has rebuilt confidence in his squad after they were beaten 4-0 by rivals Cove Rangers days before the Fraserburgh game. He said: “Confidence is high, that’s two good wins we’ve had on the bounce, so there is an upbeat mood around the club and the boys are looking forward to the game. “You prefer playing to training, so it’s nice to have another game.
“It definitely has been a good response to the Cove defeat. “That was a sore one to take, we spoke about it afterwards and it was important we started re-building the confidence and these last two games seem to have done just that.
It’s important we now keep it going. Two games isn’t enough – we need to keep going.
“Those were two cup games as well, so now it’s important we get back to winning ways in the league and start trying to push up the table again.”
Formartine are sixth in the Highland League table, while eighth-placed Rothes will be refreshed after not being in action at the weekend.
With manager Steven MacDonald making improvements with the Speysiders, Lawson knows his team will have to play well to take all three points tonight.
He added: “It’s going to be a difficult game, they are vastly improved and have a few good players in their side.
“We’ll need to be on top of our game to get the three points.”
United will be without Jevan Anderson, Calum Dingwall and Conor Gethins.
Elsewhere, Deveronvale will look to put the disappointment of exiting the Scottish Cup at the weekend behind them when Strathspey Thistle visit Princess Royal Park tonight.