Bo’ness United head across the Forth to Lochee United on Saturday with boss Allan McGonigal expecting a tough test from an experienced side.
And their hopes of returning with three points aren’t being helped by the club’s ongoing injury crisis with at least eight key players likely to be missing.
The Bo’ness boss says he has never experienced such - and believes the junior game’s fixture scheduling doesn’t do players any favours.
Not only are Bo’ness having to do without players in games but McGonigal is being forced to field players he knows are in need of a break.
And even training has to be curtailed to avoid players picking up new injurires or aggravating existing knocks.
The Bo’ness boss admitted: “I’ve said it before but I’ve honestly never known anything like it.
“It’s not just one type of injury where you could look for a reason - it’s all different types.
“I think it’s just down to the wear and tear of the junior game.
“You have players not finishing their season until June and then they get two or three weeks off before they start back again, and this has gone on for two or three years now.
“Players are just not getting the time they need to recocer.
“I have to laugh when I hear about full-time teams complaining their players have to play two games a week.
“Some of these guys play two or three games a week at that time of the yea5r and hold down full-time jobs.
“On Saturday we had five players on our bench and four of them were injured.
“I don’t think there’s any team in the Superleague could cope with our injuries.”