Aberdeen Grammar start the second half of their National League 1 programme tomorrow with a testing game away to Jed-Forest.
League leaders Jed will be thirsting for revenge against the Rubislaw side who ran in 10 tries against them when the two teams clashed on the first day of the season.
Grammar head coach Ali O’Connor was delighted with the result. He said: “That was a magical outcome – beating a Border side 68-22 who were widely tipped to win the league was special.
“Much has happened since then. Jed are now at the head of affairs, while we are in mid-table.
“It’s going to be a tough test for us, although our record is quite good down there, and even when we have been beaten, they have been cracking games.
“There’s one thing for sure, they are beatable, as we proved on September 1.
“We will not be able to announce our side until late due to some key players picking up knocks in the 33-13 win in Dundee last week.’’
Among the walking wounded is Nat Coe, the skilful winger who makes thing happen in the back division.
He has an injured finger, while Greig Ryan, their inspirational No8, has a calf injury, and the team’s best ball carrier, lock Ewan Stewart, is also carrying a knock from the bruising Tayside derby.
Across the road at Countesswells, Gordonians go into the second half of their campaign as the only unbeaten side in the top four Scottish leagues.
But far from celebrating, club president Jim Sugden said: “It’s great to be 13 points clear of the third-placed side West of Scotland with a game in hand. But after not being able to play Orkney last week due to their travel arrangements being disrupted by the weather, we are two points behind leaders Newton Stewart, and will have to do it all again.
“We also have some tough games to come away from home, but yes, we are pretty pleased with where we are.’’
Head coach Ryan Morrice was in the meantime keeping his head down, quietly preparing his side for the return game with Murrayfield Wanderers.
“They have crept almost unnoticed into fourth place after losing their first three games, including against us when we won 43-5 in Edinburgh,” he said.
“But I expect them to be a different proposition (tomorrow), although we will be fielding a near full-strength team. Only winger David Ilyine is missing from our line-up.’’
All the Caledonia action comes in the Regional Shield and Bowl with the pick of the games in Blairgowrie where Ellon are the visitors.
Ellon head coach Craig Parslow said: “The league is our priority. Anything we get out of the Shield will be a bonus.
“We’ll be blooding more youngsters in our quest to get a second team up and running next season.”
despite enjoying home advantage, Caley 2 North side Banff will find Alloa of Caley 1 a handful at Duff House in the same competition.
In the Regional Bowl, Aberdeen University entertain Inverness Craig Dunain, while Dyce will be attempting to clip the wings of Kinloss Eagles in Aberdeen.