Gordonians coach Ryan Morrice hopes his players have been energised in their bid to stay in National League 2 following their vital bottom-of-the-table victory.
Gordonians scored six tries as they beat bottom side Whitecraigs 38-15 at Countesswells last weekend. The win was a vital one for Morrice’s men, with the points ensuring they are seven points clear of their beaten rivals as well as closing the gap on Falkirk and Glasgow Academicals.
With the bottom two teams in the division dropping down to National 3 Morrice knows it is all to play for in the second half of the campaign.
He said: “Saturday was a big one for us. It was pleasing to see the team play well get their reward as there have been a few games we’ve not go the rub of the green.
“The win has given the boys a big lift as the last thing we wanted was to drop to the bottom.”
Gordonians will bid to make it back-to-back wins to start the year when Kirkcaldy travel to Countesswells tomorrow.
The Dons suffered a 29-7 defeat at Kirkcaldy on October 5 and Morrice has spent this week trying to ensure his side don’t succumb to their opponents’ approach again this weekend.
He said: “We know it will be tough. They are very strong up front and tend to dominate the scrum.
“We need to tighten up our scrummage as we really struggled against them at their place earlier in the season. They forced us backwards a lot to our own 22 and that’s a situation which we simply cannot allow to happen again.
“We need to tighten up and not be forced into giving away penalties like we did in our last game against them.”
He added: “Matt Johnson is out after suffering a concussion and he is working through the protocol before he will be available again but we will have Corey Buchan and Danny Osugo back.”