Elgin City forward Craig Gunn knows the importance of today’s top of the table match against East Fife at Borough Briggs cannot be underestimated.
The Black and Whites are two points clear of the Fifers, but have played one game more.
With Queen’s Park, Clyde and Annan Athletic also in pursuit in the race for promotion, a win today would give Elgin some breathing space.
With Annan hosting Clyde this afternoon, it could turn out to be a pivotal day in deciding which club will gain automatic promotion to Scottish League 1 and who will be forced to settle for a place in the end of season play-offs.
Elgin won 2-0 when the sides met at Bayview Stadium on January 2 and Gunn hopes to inflict more misery on Gary Naysmith’s men following their 3-0 defeat by Queen’s Park last week.
He said: “We all know this is going to be a big game for us.
“Our home form has been really good this year and hopefully we can keep that going this weekend.
“This is a chance to open up more space between us and them.
“We know to expect a difficult game as East Fife are a good side.
“It would be great to win but, whatever the outcome, there are still a lot of games to go.
“There are a lot of midweek games to come so it is a bit of a false league at the moment. Some teams have played more than others so once everyone has caught up we will know where we really stand.
“But we are feeling confident and we will try to take the game to them.”
Gunn has been instrumental to Elgin’s success this season, chipping in with the a large chunk of his side’s goals.
He netted his 20th goal of the season last Saturday in a 2-0 win against East Stirling which took Elgin to the top of the table.
He added: “I was pleased to get the 20th goal. At the start of the season I wanted to get to double figures and then 20 became the target.
“Hopefully I can score a few more before the end of the season.”