Fraserburgh will travel to their manager’s former haunt, Turriff United, on Saturday, the Broch looking to quickly bounce back from a disappointing defeat at home to Deveronvale last weekend.
Having already played Turriff twice this season, in both winning and losing efforts, the Burgh will be looking to perhaps rub salt on the wounds of their local rivals, United having knocked the Burgh out of the Aberdeenshire Shield in November before being eliminated themselves by Cove earlier this month.
A mid-table finish will be key for Turriff’s season, having found themselves 24 games in with only nine wins, their poor goal difference telling the story of where their vulnerabilities lie and what the Burgh will likely try to exploit.
Goals, meanwhile, are not a problem for Fraserburgh. Having found fine form in the likes of Scott Barbour and Peter Alexander Bruce, who, himself, looks renewed after a disappointing spell with Peterhead, the Burgh having only failed to find the goal once in their last 10 games.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Turriff are finding the New Year difficult. On a run of three straight defeats, and having somehow failed to defeat a 10-man Buckie Thistle last weekend, Turriff find themselves rooted to the bottom-half of the table.
Having played more games than the teams around them, a point will likely not be good enough for United to break away from both Clachnacuddin and Cove Rangers. As a result, finding the balance between an open, attacking game, and guarding against the likes of Barbour and Bruce will be key for the home side to get anything from the game.
With Paul Leask scheduled to be back in goal for the visitors, and injuries all but gone from first team regulars - Marc Dickson and Ryan Christie both still out - the Burgh’s only notable problem will be finding a replacement for the banned Steven Main, the hard-working veteran having been sent off last weekend.
The FFC supporter’s club will run a bus to the game leaving the harbour offices at 1:15pm.