CONSISTENCY will be the key if Arbroath United are to have another successful league season, according to captain Fraser Burnett.
Tomorrow (Saturday), United kick-off their league season with a fixture against Aberdeenshire at Lochlands.
The league set up is slightly different this term, with smaller regional leagues, rather than the big national division.
But despite the change, Fraser says the side are still aiming high.
He told HeraldSport: “As a team we want to finish in the top three and aim quite high.
“We need to be consistent and that is one of our main targets.
“We don’t want to be losing but if we are we just need to make sure we are putting in the performances.
“We want to challenge every game.”
The captain is predicting a good match with tomorrow’s opponents who he described as a “good side.”
But the team may be depleted yet again due to the mumps virus, which has already caused problems for Matthew Hurst and Marc Petrie.
Fraser explained: “Calvin [Burnett] has now got the mumps so it will be a case of waiting to see how he is and if he can play.
“Peter Clarke is back in the team as is Euan Small.
“They are quite experienced players and good to have around.
“Matthew Hurst and Matthew Gove are in the middles this week, but it isn’t a case of them being dropped.
“We just want them to get a few more overs and runs under their belts and hopefully we can welcome them back next week when we play Carlton.”
Preparations for tomorrow’s season opener were also hampered by the defeat suffered on Saturday at the hands of Clydesdale in the Scottish Cup.
The Lochlands men lost by one wicket in what turned out to be a tight victory for the west coast visitors.
But Fraser believes there were a lot of positives that the side can take into their league campaign.
He added: “On Saturday in the end we didn’t bat very well and just didn’t get enough runs although we bowled and fielded really well..
“Although we were disappointed, we aren’t devastated with the result because there are a lot of positives to take from the game.
“We now know what we need to focus on and know that consistency will be important.”