ROTHES are aiming to keep their sensational Highland League start going at Fraserburgh on Saturday.
The new-look Speysiders are on a high after opening with three wins out of three against Strathspey Thistle, Fort William and Inverurie Locos.
They sit joint-top of the league with Cove Rangers and Formartine United as the only remaining 100% records left so far this term.
“It is quite a big turnabout being a bottom club for years and I’m not saying we are a top club now but we are in a position where we can win games,” said manager Steven MacDonald.
MacDonald is wary that this weekend’s trip to Buchan to face a strong Fraserburgh will be his squad’s toughest test yet.
He will be without centre back Steven Fraser who is attended a stag do.
Champions Buckie Thistle hope to return to winning ways when they make the long trip north to take on Wick Academy.
Jags suffered a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Nairn County last week and are currently five points behind the leading pack.
“We would like to be back to winning ways but it is a hard place to go,” said manager Graeme Stewart. “They have struggled in a couple of games and so have we.”
Defender Hamish Munro is still out with a back injury for Buckie.
Kynoch Park will host a Moray derby when Keith play host to Forres Mechanics.
Both sides were victorious in their opening day games but haven’t won since, upping the stakes for Saturday’s clash.
The Maroons welcome back Bradley Manson from holiday, Andy Smith from suspension and Lewis Buxton from injury but are without star striker Cammy keith due to an injury, while James Brownie is still unavailable.
Manager Ewan Robb will start with Kai Ross up front, on loan for a month from Buckie Thistle, and is eyeing up a second loan deal.
Forres could have Craig McGovern and Robbie Duncanson back from injury while John Cameron and Alan Pollock returned to the bench against Formartine last week and could push for a start.
Simon Allan is still on holiday and Graeme Grant is away at a wedding.
Lossiemouth welcome back player coach Iain MacRae from a one-game ban as they look to pick up their first points of the season at Turriff United.
Ryan Farquhar and Harry Noble are back from holiday and Nathan Smith is available. Craig Mainland misses out and Scott Dunn serves the second of a two-game suspension.
More news from around Moray’s Highland League club’s in Friday’s Northern Scot.