Inverurie Locos hitman Andy Hunter reckons it will be difficult for Fraserburgh’s players to keep their minds on the game in hand tomorrow.
The Broch visit Harlaw Park in the Highland League with a huge fixture looming on the horizon – their Scottish Cup fourth-round tie with Rangers at Bellslea.
Locos and Fraserburgh are level on points this term and, although Mark Cowie’s Broch have two games in hand, the Railwaymen could leapfrog them into second tomorrow.
Hunter thinks the impending visit of the Gers could be all the distraction he and his team-mates need. He said: “Wednesday was very disappointing (a 4-1 loss to junior side Banks o’ Dee in the Aberdeenshire Shield), but it’s a big game tomorrow and everyone’s got to get their heads down and pick themselves up.
“I’m sure none of those boys (Fraserburgh) will want to get injured tomorrow and it’ll be hard for them not to have one eye on next week, but we’ll see what happens.
“Normally Fraserburgh are a hard-working team, very physical.
“It is a big game for us, it’s a race for second and we’re just trying to keep up with Cove.”
However, Broch boss Cowie says his team will be fully focused on their clash with Locos.
He said: “I’ve no fear about that, a lot of people have suggested that guys might hold back in case they get injured.
“But I’ve seen them at training and I have no problem that they will be 100%.
“I’ve got 20 fit guys, no injuries, all itching to make sure they are on the team-sheet next week. So whatever 11 I pick against Inverurie I’m sure they’ll go all out to try to win.”
Cowie also believes the game is a must-win for both sides if they are to have any hope of catching leaders Cove Rangers.
Both Inverurie and Fraserburgh are six points behind the Aberdeen side. Locos have three games more and the Broch one more than Cove.
Cowie added: “It’s second and third playing one another, so whoever can sneak a win it’s a massive advantage. A draw knocks both of us out of the title race and helps Cove.
“We need to win every game from now until the end of the season and hope that other teams help us out.”