They are fourth in the Highland League and one of the form teams but Rothes winger Ali Sutherland insists no one at Mackessack Park is getting carried away.
The Speysiders have been in terrific form since Ross Jack arrived at the club in September, taking 25 points from a possible 27 to move into contention at the top of the table, but Sutherland knows his club cannot rest on its laurels.
He said: “The league table looks good at the moment and we’re in a good place, but there is a long way to go and a lot of hard games to come.
“Deveronvale will be a tough one this weekend as games up at Banff are always hard but hopefully we can go there, put in a good performance and get the points.
“It’s an important one as we have a tough run of games coming up. We’ve got Brora at home next week which will be a huge game then we have Inverurie Locos a week later so January is shaping up to be a big month.
“We’ve also suffered a few postponements, which means there will be big double-headers against Buckie Thistle and Fraserburgh for us to play before the end of the season.”
Sutherland’s decision to return to Rothes, where spent a spell on loan from Elgin City last season, has been vindicated by regular game time and an impressive run of form.
He said: “The decision to come to Rothes was an easy one to make as a lot of my mates were here already, but the most important part for me is being able to enjoy playing football again.
“I’m playing regularly, we’re winning games and long may it continue.
“We’ve been on a good run since Ross came to the club. We started the season with a couple of poor results but we’ve been on a great run in recent months and we’re all really enjoying it.
“Ross has been such a positive influence on us all and it shows in how well the team is playing.
“Ewen MacDonald has been brilliant in goals while Craig Cormack is scoring a lot of goals.”
Deveronvale boss Steve Dolan faces a defensive reshuffle for the visit of Jack’s side to Princess Royal Park.
“Kyle Willox is suspended after his red card at Clach while Courtney Cooper is unavailable, which means we’re going to need to reorganise the defence for the game.
“I’m not surprised Rothes are going well under Ross and we’re under no illusions as to how difficult a game this will be.
“He had a good record at Turriff United and he’s done what I expected in ensuring they have tightened up at the back.
“They’re still scoring goals but they are keeping clean sheets now and that’s what has pushed them up the table.”