Aberdeen Grammar will end the year in a strong position to force home their top-four aspirations should they beat Kelso tomorrow at Rubislaw.
That is according to one of their talented young players who made his presence felt in the victory in Kirkcaldy last weekend.
Sean Mills had a great game in the narrow but deserved 27-25 win, capping his day at Beveridge Park with a fine try in his role at full-back deputising for Bryn Perrott. The win also earned the versatile back division player the man of the match award.
But Mills insisted it was a team performance and said: “We are starting to be more of a unit after one or two set-backs, including the defeat at home to bottom side Cartha Queen’s Park early last month.
“Since then we have not lost a game, and have been defending better. But mainly we have better attitude going into games.
“If we win tomorrow we will be poised to claim a high placing in National League 1, which has always been our aim.
“But it’s always hard going against Border sides.”
Grammar will be bidding for their second double in a week, having beaten the Poynder Park side 46-33 earlier in the season.
But the Border side have improved dramatically since then, and will be looking to turn the tables.
Should the Greig Ryan-inspired home pack hit the heights, however, there is no reason why Grammar should not go into the festive break looking to build a challenge in 2019.
The club’s aspirations of a high placing in National League 1 were dented by the SRU who deemed Grammar were in breach of championship rules in listing an ineligible player for their game against Jed-Forest on November 17, and accordingly were deducted two points.
Meanwhile, Gordonians will be equally boosted by their form which will see them surge to the top of National League 3 while being the only unbeaten side in the four top Scottish national leagues.
A record they would expect to keep intact when they travel to East Lothian where they meet bottom side Haddington, even with a number of changes from the side who romped past Carrick 52-5 last week at Countesswells.
Head coach Ryan Morrice is more than happy with the manner in which the campaign is unfolding
He said: “We have had a good season and have been able to bring in good quality cover when required, including lock Andrew McInnes who is making a big impact in the second row.
“It would be good to end the year unbeaten.
“We’ll then start to plan for the run-in, while adapting to what is in front of us.”
The main interest in the Caledonia set-up is in the Regional Bowl semi-finals in which Aberdeenshire have a home tie against Ross Sutherland, last year’s winners who then went on to win the national final at Murrayfield.
The winners will meet either Kinloss Eagles or Aberdeen University who meet at the army base.
In Caley 2 North, the only game is at Inverurie where highflying Garioch bid to make it five wins in a row at the expense of Banff.
Peterhead can close in on the Caley 4 North title away to Moray 2nds, and need only six points from their last three games to claim the championship.