The Highland Stags are looking to shut out the Aberdeen Roughnecks in their final regular season game this weekend to give themselves the best possible chance of making a top spot in the play-offs.
It’s only the Stags’ first year as a full member of the BAFA, but they’ve taken Division Two North by storm, winning all seven of their matches so far.
Last week’s 48-0 victory over the Dunfermline Kings sealed the division title for them, guaranteeing they will be in the play-offs.
However, there is still something at stake this weekend as the Stags are neck and neck with Scunthorpe to be the top seed in the post-season showdown.
With the number one seed, the advantage will be at home in the quarter-finals and any potential semi-finals, should the Stags get there when the knockout matches begin next month.
It seems likely that it will come down to points conceded, which will make the Stags’ clean sheet against the Kings all the more important.
Now the task at hand is to repeat that against tougher opposition this Sunday when the Roughnecks come calling in Invergordon.
“I think last week was the second highest we’ve scored this year,” general manager Tom Hutchison said.
“48-0 is an unusually high score, especially because it was a game that we put a lot of our substitutes into.
“In the second half we put in a lot of our substitutes to give them playing time before the play-offs because we will need them, so that was a good score.
“We tried a lot of things and put in a lot of people who don’t get a lot of playing time because we knew the Kings aren’t the most accomplished team.
“We were pretty confident that we weren’t going to let them score
“Aberdeen are a better team, but I think we’ll probably beat them. This is the first step, and hopefully we can stop them from scoring on us too.