Mitch Megginson insists Cove Rangers going the whole of 2017 unbeaten in the league will mean nothing if they lose their first game of 2018.
The Aberdeen outfit never tasted defeat in the league last year.
Their first encounter of this year is against Clachnacuddin at Christie Park tomorrow and while Megginson was delighted with Cove’s league run last year, he says it will count for nothing if they fail to emerge victorious tomorrow.
The striker said: “It was a great achievement to do that last year.
“But ultimately if we go and lose tomorrow, all that means nothing.
“We want to keep the run going, this is a new year and we want to show the same form by getting three points in the first game of 2018, and hopefully we keep it going until the end of the season.”
Megginson doesn’t expect an easy game against 12th-placed Clach. He believes a lot of sides in the Highland League raise their game when they face Cove, but Megginson believes if John Sheran’s side perform at their best they will pick up the three points.
He added: “I think a lot of teams up their game when they play us.
“But I think it’s down to us and how we start the game.
“If we give them a bit of belief, then they will be in the game – and we know that.
“But if we play to our capabilities and are sharp, then we know we can beat anyone comfortably on our day if we are all on the same wavelength.
“It will be tough and we want to be at our best tomorrow.
“I think teams know when they play Cove they need to up their game.
“And we know they will be right up for it because everyone wants to beat the team at the top.
“But we feel it’s down to ourselves and keeping our levels high.
“And fair play to everyone in the squad we’ve done that throughout this season.
“But we need to keep doing that because there is still the second half of the season to go so we need to keep going.”
Elsewhere, third-placed Fraserburgh will look to keep up the pressure at the top of the table by beating Fort William at Bellslea.
Champions Buckie Thistle take on Brora Rangers at Victoria Park while Deveronvale welcome Huntly to Princess Royal Park.
Turriff travel to Rothes and Keith face Nairn County at Kynoch Park.