Scott Brown wants to make it as tough as possible for Peterhead’s rivals to catch them by dumping Edinburgh City tomorrow.
The Blue Toon face the Citizens at Ainslie Park in a League Two title showdown where a victory would move the Buchan outfit eight points clear at the summit with just six games left.
Although the destiny of the title won’t be totally decided in the capital tomorrow, midfielder Brown knows Edinburgh and third-placed Clyde would have a mountain to climb to overturn an eight-point gap.
The 24-year-old said: “It’s a massive game for us. Often before big games you say that’s there’s more games to come.
“But this is a massive game because if we win we would be eight points clear.
“That is a big gap at this stage of the season and would make us hard to catch.
“If we can win it will be a massive result for us, but it won’t be easy.
“Edinburgh are up there with us because they are one of the top teams in the league.
“It’s probably our title to lose just now, but on tomorrow we can go a long way to making it harder for Edinburgh and Clyde as well.
“But even if we win tomorrow there is still work to do. If we lose we can still win the league.
“It’s not a ‘make or break’ game but we know we can make it very difficult for the other teams if we win tomorrow.
“We could win tomorrow and still not win the league – but we need to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
This time last year Peterhead were in Edinburgh’s position as they tried to chase down Montrose at the top of the table.
The Blue Toon missed out by a point and Brown wants the chasers to feel the pain they had 12 months ago.
He added: “We know last season how dishearting it was chasing Montrose last season.
“After we lost to Montrose we won our last six games and had to come in every week having won and then finding out they had won.
“It was disheartening and every week it was another game ticked off for them.
“We know how tough it is for other teams if we keep winning games and if we keep winning then you win the league.
“So we know we have seven massive games and if we keep winning it will dishearten other teams.
“Since Christmas I think we have done well. Our lead has come about quickly when it doesn’t seem like long ago that we were a couple of points behind.
“We’ve kept winning and not made it easy for Edinburgh and Clyde – but they have kept winning as well.
“So it just shows how well all of the teams have done.”
Peterhead missed the chance to go eight clear on Tuesday as they lost 2-0 at struggling Berwick.
Brown said: “The manager said we didn’t play that well and I can’t really disagree. But it didn’t feel like we were terrible.
“We didn’t make the right decisions at times and we were countered on for two goals which was poor. We will need to play a lot better against Edinburgh, on Tuesday there were a lot of negatives and we need to play better than that.”