Formartine United forward Cammy Keith has scored 36 goals this term – four behind Nairn County’s Conor Gethins going into this afternoon’s league match between the sides.
But these two marksmen are still behind Neil Gauld, of Inverurie Locos, and Brora Rangers hitman Steven Mackay – both on 41 goals Gauld scored a midweek double against Cove Rangers and Mackay grabbed a hat-trick at Fort William.
The race is on to find north football’s top hot-shot and Keith said: “Saturday is Conor’s last game of the season, while I will have a trip to Clach still to come next weekend. But we are both well aware that Gauld and Mackay are now on 41 strikes. It would be really great to get over the 40-mark in my first full season with Formartine. The pitches are pretty bobbly at this time of the season, which can make it difficult for an attacker to get the ball under control, although it can work both ways as a defender could also misjudge the bounce to set up a chance.”
Formartine, Nairn and Locos are in a tussle for second spot behind champions Brora.
Keith added: “We are the only team unbeaten at home this term. That is a record we are looking to protect in our last home game of the season against Nairn. But if we can take six points from our last two games, hopefully, we can capture second place in the table.”
Nairn manager Les Fridge knows his players will have to be at their best to take the points. He said: “North Lodge Park is always a difficult place to go, especially at the end of the season when you are out of the cup and trying to keep everybody motivated.
“This is our last game of the season and it would obviously be good to end this term on a high with a win. We will be without Stuart Leslie, John Cameron and Wayne Mackintosh.”