Willie West was thrilled to return to the Fraserburgh team with a hat-trick and is bracing himself for a “massive” week.
The Broch, who sit third in the league, face table-toppers Cove Rangers at Bellslea tonight and then take on Formartine on Saturday in the Highland League Cup final.
West made his comeback with a treble in Saturday’s 4-0 win over Turriff United.
It was the first time he had played since March 10 after requiring stitches in a knee following the league cup quarter-final with Nairn.
Two days later he became a dad when wife Jodie gave birth to their son, Zack.
He said: “I was just delighted because it was the first game back since the quarter-final of the league cup at Nairn.
“It was my first game back and it was my first goal, since becoming a dad as well.
“I was worried I wouldn’t have enough match fitness, but as the game went on I started to feel better.
“For all of my goals I was in the right place at the right time. I wouldn’t say I played brilliantly.
“The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy obviously and football has probably had to take a bit of a back seat.
“It’s still important, though, and now we’ve got a couple of massive games this week.
“If we were to win the two games this week it would put us in a really good position to finish second – and winning the cup would make it a great season.”
Mark Cowie’s team beat Cove 3-2 last Tuesday in the semi-final of the league cup.
West says that win, which extends their unbeaten run against the Aberdeen team to nine games, gives the Broch players confidence.
Fraserburgh are looking to move within two points of Cove tonight, albeit having played two games more.
West added: “It gives us confidence and a win does cut the gap, but we would still need a few favours and a big slip-up (to win the title) from Cove, which I can’t see happening.
“But we’ve got to win first and, until it’s mathematically impossible (to win the title), we’ll be trying to win every game.
“But at the moment we’re just focusing on trying to finish second because that will be a big enough challenge.”
Cove boss John Sheran said: “Fraserburgh are one of the top sides and if you go and play any of the top teams on their pitch it’s a tough game.
“If we get anything close to what we produced last week in the cup, the fans are in for a treat.
“It’s a big game, but you only get three points – the same as we got for winning on Saturday.
“But as it gets closer to the end of the season and as things become tighter, these games become more important.
“It’s one we are looking forward to and we all believe we can win the game.”