The kudos of finishing second in League One is all the incentive Forfar need against East Fife this afternoon, according to their manager Jim Weir.
Some would say that playing Raith Rovers at home in the second leg of their semi-final play-off will be motivation but Weir doesn’t have a strong opinion on that.
He wants to win today for more basic reasons – staying one point in front of them.
“We’re desperate to finish second,” said the Station Park boss.
“It’s important for the club financially and for the players.
“To finish above a full-time team like Raith would be a great achievement. So too would be going from third bottom last season to second top this year.
“The players have shown great form in 2019 – I think we’re top of the form table for the calendar year and something like 10 points better off than Arbroath.
“Winning on Saturday would represent a big achievement.”
A couple of months ago this match was shaping up to be a play-off decider but East Fife’s form hasn’t been anything like as good as Forfar’s of late.
Weir added: “It’s a credit to the players that the job was done before we played Montrose and East Fife.
“It’s been difficult for East Fife recently but they’ll be determined to finish on a high and to be fifth, which would be an improvement on their last season.”
Weir will put out his strongest available team but Thomas Reilly and Cedwyn Scott are doubts and no risks will be taken.