Invergordon manager Gary Campbell believes his side are yet to hit top gear despite their recent improved form.
After losing their first two matches of the North Caledonian League season, defending champions Invergordon bounced back by winning their last four on the spin.
Although they are currently eighth in the table, Invergordon have at least two games in hand over the bulk of the teams above them.
With a home game against Thurso next Saturday, Campbell is keen to raise recent standards.
He said: “We haven’t played as well as we can yet. I hope there are more to come.
“We had a bad start to the season, but we’re starting to recover a bit now.
“Hopefully we keep winning, which is the main thing – I guess it’s a good thing we did this when we weren’t in top form yet.
“We’ve been there or thereabouts for the last five or six years, so nothing has changed for us.”
Distraction-free cup final
Invergordon also qualified for the Football Times Cup final, where they will face St Duthus on November 12.
Campbell insists his main focus is on generating league form, adding: “The league is bread and butter to be honest. The cup final is a great thing to do for the boys and the people who come to watch.
“We have to make sure our performance in the league improves and keeps winning, otherwise we won’t give ourselves the chance to keep him.
“There’s no point in having games in hand if we don’t win them.”
Thurso comes into the game buoyed by a fine 1-1 draw against Orkney last weekend, with Campbell expecting a tough encounter.
Campbell, who is without Jack Mackay, Niall Docherty and Ian Penwright, said: “Historically Thurso have always been a decent team. They had a good result last week against Orkney so it won’t be easy, that’s for sure.
“We seem to have teams when they’ve had a bit of form.
“We expect a tough game every game we play. It’s about ourselves, we have to make sure we play well because the league is very tight. There’s not much between lots of teams.
Fort hosts Athletic in mid-table
Both Fort William and Inverness Athletic will be aiming to get closer to the top when they meet at Claggan Park this weekend.
Leaders Loch Ness take on County Nairn Reserves at Fortrose, while second-placed Golspie Sutherland are home to Clachnacuddin Reserves.
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Elsewhere, St Duthus will be aiming to bounce back from a 7-0 loss to Alness United when they host Orkney, while Halkirk United host Bonar Bridge.
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