Banchory St.Ternan will open up their 2015 fixtures with two PMAC Superleague games, looking to consolidate sixth position in the league.
They closed 2014 with a solid 3-1 win at Cruden Bay on December 20.
The first game this Saturday, January 10, is at Denmore Park, Bridge of Don, against Hall Russell United who - despite being third bottom - will still be tough opponents as they usually are.
This will be followed by a home game on January 17 with Banks O’Dee visiting Milton Park.
Dee are currently second, challenging leaders Maud and third-placed Hermes for the top spot. Both games kick off at 1.30pm.
On the player front, James Flaherty has re-joined the club after a year away. The 18-year-old Banchory lad first signed at the start of last season but struggled to hold down a regular place, eventually returning to the Banchory Boys Club 19s for the remainder of the season.
James is keen to add to his 10 appearances and is looking forward to the challenge of keeping Saints in the top six.
Having added James to the squad, manager Sandy Carrol is still looking to strengthen it for the remainder of the season. Players’ availability owing to work commitments, injury and suspension will all come into the equation, meaning that the current squad of 19 needs to be added to.
The season’s results so far have been a bit up and down, with cup competitions a bit disappointing.
However, compared to last season, the league campaign has seen a huge improvement. The 18 points on the board after 12 games so far this season far surpasses the meagre eight at the same stage last season.
Manager Carrol wants to see an improvement for the second half of the season and, apart from looking to add to his squad, is already looking forward to next season.
He said: “We are doing very well but there is still room for improvement.
‘‘Having said that, I am more than pleased with the application and commitment of my players this season.
‘‘We are gaining with experience and if we can keep the majority of the players together who knows how far we can go.”