Focus on doing our job first.

Howe of Fife's Stewart Lathangie - picture by Roy Macintyre.
Howe of Fife's Stewart Lathangie - picture by Roy Macintyre.

Howe of Fife club captain Stewart Lathangie says events elsewhere must be put to the back of the title chasing side’s mind this Saturday.

The Duffus Park men can still lift the RBS Championship Division B but need to out-point league leaders Jed-Forest.

Jed play at home to Lasswade on Saturday while Howe make the short journey to face Kirkcaldy.

Howe are sitting just a point behind the leaders and are ready to pounce on any slip ups.

However, Lathangie knows that they must stay focused on keeping their side of the bargain by beating Kirkcaldy.

He said: “We’ve been trying not to think about the other game and just deal with the job we have to do against Kirkcaldy.

“We would be kicking ourselves and really regret it if Jed did slip up and we didn’t win.

“But we also want to finish on a high because, regardless of what happens, it’s been a good season for us.”

Howe know they have to do everything in their power to overhaul the point difference between the two with an extra bonus point for heavy try scoring looking a must.

But, despite the title talk, a visit to Beveridge Park to play Kirkcaldy would be a difficult tie at the best of times admits Lathangie.

He said: “There was a point when they were much higher than us but recently we’ve become a lot closer and it’s developed into a good Fife rivalry.

“It’s going to be a very difficult game for us.”

Howe have won every game on their home patch this season with two away defeats blemishing an otherwise perfect record.

Jed, though, have lost just one game less on the road, demonstrating how tight the division is at the top.

But it will be all change next season as the current regional league set-up is reconstructed into national divisions.

“The regional leagues were really set-up to help clubs out with their travel costs,” said the Howe club captain.

“But what has happened is that some of the regional clubs have struggled against the better sides.

“If you look at the difference in points between the top and the bottom sides it shows that.

“I’m pleased about the national leagues because for us it means that we’ll be playing against the best sides week in and week out and that’s what you want as a player.”