Kennoway Star Hearts endured a day to forget on Saturday, but manager Alex Davidson insists they can still have a season to remember.
Star went down 3-0 at Forfar West End on a day when three of the back four, the trainer and goalkeeping coach were all unavailable.
Despite the loss, KSH remain second in the North League and are still on course for promotion in their first season in junior football.
“It was one of those days where everything went against us,” Davidson said.
“It was a setback, but I hope the players pick themselves upbecause we’ve come too far to stop believing.
“To win promotion in our first season is a massive ask but we’ve put ourselves in a position where we are capable of doing it.”
Star travel to Dundee East Craigie on Saturday and Davidson insists there will be no repeat of the indiscipline which marred the last meeting.
“We had five men sent off that day but that was as much down to us being new to the league and the refereeing standards,” he said.
“We’ve come a long way since then – we’ve only had two or three bookings since.”
Thornton Hibs will have home advantage against Forfar West End on Saturday as they look to climb from 11th place in the table.
Glenrothes saw their East Premier League trip to Jeanfield Swifts called off on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch.
This Saturday, the Glens entertain Kirriemuir Thistle at Warout in what is the first meeting of the sides this season.
All Saturday’s kick-offs are 2.30 p.m.