Formartine United’s Graeme Rodger is relieved he will be able to play in the Highland League Cup final.
A freak injury in last Saturday’s 4-0 win over Strathspey Thistle meant the midfielder was a doubt for tomorrow’s showpiece against Fraserburgh at Mackessack Park.
Rodger had to be subbed last weekend after a nasty head gash.
He said: “It was an elbow off one of my team-mates – we both went for the same ball and unfortunately I came off second best.
“When it happened on Saturday I feared the worst.
“But it was all glued up and has healed quite well so there won’t be a problem with me playing.
“It would have been gutting if I’d had to miss the final.
“These are the games that you train and play all winter for, these are the games you want to play in.”
The Pitmedden side are aiming to win the league cup for the first time after joining the Highland League in 2009.
They are also looking for their second trophy of the season after winning the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup in November.
But Rodger knows things won’t be easy for them tomorrow against the Broch.
He added: “At the start of the season the main priority was the league.
“But it was obvious early in the season that wasn’t going to happen.
“So from the position we were in, to lift two trophies would be a great season for us. Hopefully it can be something for us to build on going into next season.
“The club have never won this trophy before so it would be a big achievement.
“It’s something we would like to deliver for the chairman Atholl Cadger and our supporters.
“But we’re under no illusions it will be a very tough game. Fraserburgh are not sitting above us in the league for no reason.
“They have been very consistent this season.
“We have beaten them twice this season but it’s always a tough game.
“I would imagine (tomorrow) will be a battle. I’m not sure what the pitch is like at Rothes but there’s been a lot of rain this week so I think that could lead to the game being a battle.”
Formartine also reached last year’s league cup final but were beaten 2-1 by Cove Rangers.
Rodger believes that experience can help them tomorrow as they try to make amends.
“We were runners-up last year and we want to put that right,” he said.
“Certainly the experience of being there last year might help.
“It’s two different games so it’s hard to draw comparisons, but it can’t do us any harm that we were there last season.
“And it shows us what can happen if we don’t perform to our best.”