Jamie Stevenson knows better than to take anything for granted as Peterhead aim for League Two title glory.
Victory for Jim McInally’s Blue Toon against Stirling Albion on Saturday at Balmoor will seal the championship and a return to League One.
But after a rollercoaster few seasons for the Buchan outfit, Stevenson’s only focus is on getting the job done against the Binos at the weekend.
Two seasons ago Peterhead suffered relegation to League Two through the play-offs and 12 months ago missed out on the title by a point before another play-off final loss.
Some are already anticipating a title party on Saturday, but with three points still needed to make that a reality Stevenson is only concerning himself with trying to get the better of Stirling.
The full-back, 34, said: “For us it’s just about trying to win on Saturday and trying to get over the line.
“Nothing has been decided yet so we just need to go into this Stirling Albion game and try to get the job done.
“It would be good to be able to go up after missing out last year and having been relegated the year before.
“But I don’t want to take anything for granted.
“All I’m thinking about is trying to get over the line on Saturday.
“After that we can think about what comes next, but Saturday is all that matters right now.
“With Clyde being on a great run and us stumbling at times in games we should have won, we won’t get ahead of ourselves.”
A 2-1 win against Elgin City at Borough Briggs last weekend has put Peterhead on the cusp of glory.
That success came after a 1-1 draw with Albion Rovers and Stevenson was pleased to get back to winning ways as a reward for the healthy travelling crowd who made the trip to Elgin.
He added: “It was good to get back to winning ways on Saturday not only for the players but the fans who travelled in good numbers to Elgin.
“A lot of people have been keen to write us off at times this season.
“But we have a good spirit in the changing room and we just want to keep trying to win as many games as we can.
“Hopefully there will be a good turn-out on Saturday from the fans because it’s not often you get the chance to win the league.
“It’s still in our own hands and we want to see it through.
“We’ve been going about our business this season, chasing Edinburgh and then we’ve been top of the table.
“We want to try to stay there and whether you win it by one point or 10 points it doesn’t really matter if you win it.”
The margin of victory against Elgin would have been greater but for Black and Whites goalie Kyle Gourlay, who made a number of fine saves which meant Peterhead were left hanging on to the three points in a nervy finish.
Stevenson said: “I think their keeper had four or five ridiculously good saves.
“On another day it could have been comfortable for us, but it wasn’t the case.
“The important thing was getting over the line and we did that and it sets us up for this week.”