Forres Mechanics midfielder Owen Paterson hopes Cans can be Fraserburgh's party poopers
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SATURDAY’S visit to title-chasing Fraserburgh is set to be something of a role reversal for Forres Mechanics midfielder Owen Paterson.
The 23-year-old Forres local still remembers being at Mosset Park in 2012 as the Cans defeated Fraserburgh 1-0 to win the Highland League title.
This weekend it's the Broch on the verge of glory as they need just a single point against Forres to secure their first title since 2002.
Paterson is happy to be involved in such a big occasion, although insists he and Mechanics have their sights set on spoiling it.
“I remember standing behind the goal at Mosset Park when we won the title against Fraserburgh so it’s fine to be involved in that sort of thing now,” he said.
“We don’t want to see them lift the title against us – that’s never nice for anyone.
“They’ll have a big crowd – they get a good support anyway – and you don’t want to see them celebrating in front of you.
“I’m sure they’ll be feeling the nerves and we’ll be right up for it – I’m positive about that.
“We’ll treat them with the utmost respect. It’ll be a tough game because they’re a good side and we’ll need to be at our best. The boys are excited, as they should be.”
Forres were thrashed 7-0 at home by Fraserburgh – but have improved since.
Paterson added: “That wasn’t the best of performances but fingers crossed we can show them what we’re all about on Saturday.”
The Cans drew 3-3 with Clachnacuddin in Inverness last night, with Clach hosting Buckie Thistle, Fraserburgh's title rivals on Saturday.
Fraserburgh will win the title with a point. If Forres beat Fraserburgh and Buckie beat Clach then Buckie can be crowned champions.