Aberdeen Grammar take on Dundee High tomorrow knowing a win could help them on their way to achieving their objective of a top four place in National League 1.
Head coach Ali O’Connor was optimistic about his side’s chances of overhauling the Mayfield men.
He said: “After two good wins on the road at Musselburgh and Glasgow, it will be good to play at home, even if they will present a huge challenge.”
Grammar will be boosted by the return of their try-scoring winger Matt Arnold, but it’s up front where the Aberdeen side will need to find the grit to overcome the Tayside outfit who under the shrewd eye of former Caithness coach Colin Sangster have developed into a solid all-round team.
Once again, Aberdeenshire are unlikely to have a game, although they are scheduled to play GHK in Glasgow in a National League 2 fixture.
In National League 3, Gordonians face a daunting trip to Glasgow where they meet league leaders Glasgow Accies.
They might be encouraged by the fact that Highland were able to lower Accies’ colours for the first time this season, not that Countesswells head coach Ryan Morrice is lulled into a false sense of security.
He said: “We know they like to run the ball, and will have to adapt to that, though our first objective is to get control of our own ball, given the way we failed to retain it in the second half of our game against St Boswells last week.
“We have yet to play a consistent 80 minutes this season. It has been a sharp learning curve for both coaches and players, but we are adapting all the time, and we are hopeful that after the autumn break, we will be able to deliver in the second half of the campaign.”
Centre Graeme Crawford makes a welcome return, giving the midfield some much needed stability, while a number of players will have late fitness tests before the trip.
Caledonian teams take a break from league action to compete in the local Shield and Bowl competitions, with a view to getting to Murrayfield in the spring should they come through the Caley qualifiers.
Aberdeen Wanderers will be one of the hopefuls, and they might fancy their chances of reaching the semi-finals of the Shield at the expense of Garioch at Groats Road.
joint coach Fraser Burr said: “We played well last week, beating Dunfermline quite comfortably.
“It was particularly good to see our youth policy paying off. Fraser Christie, who is just 19, scored a hat-trick of tries, while youngsters Liam Rongonui and Elliott Chadwick also had fine games.”
In the Caley Bowl, Ellon meet Deeside at Banchory in a match-up which also doubles as a Caley 2 North game, giving the Meadows side the opportunity to underline their progress on two fronts.