MITCH Megginson would love to get back on the goal trail when Cove Rangers face Rothes in the Breedon Highland League.
The Cove striker is available for Wednesday's clash with The Speysiders at Balmoral Stadium after missing the 3-0 victory over Nairn County through suspension.
The former Aberdeen player will be fired-up by the fact he failed to find the net in the three Highland League games Cove played before his ban kicked in, which were 0-0 draws with Brora Rangers and Formartine United and a 5-0 victory away to Lossiemouth.
Mitch had scored 38 times before his mini-drought started but confessed the next goal is the one that will matter most to him now.
"I can't remember the last time I went three games without a goal, it's certainly not happened since I joined Cove," said Mitch.
"It's been frustrating and I certainly don't want to see that run extended to four games.
"Nobody else has made a big fuss about it because I still managed to help set up some of our goals in the win at Lossiemouth.
"I also had chances in all three games but unfortunately I was unable to take any of them.
"Hopefully I will be more fortunate the next time I play because it's scoring goals I like to do.
"I'm never totally happy unless I have managed to do that, even if we have still won the games.
"That's not unusual, almost every striker I have played alongside has felt the same.
"It's our job to score goals so you feel you have let the lads down a little if you haven't managed to do that.
"At the end of the day, it's about the three points, no matter who scores, but I do prefer it if I've managed to contribute at least one."
The added problem for Mitch is he knows there is no guarantee he will get a start in the meeting with Rothes after what was an impressive attacking performance by Cove against Nairn.
Jordon Brown, Scott Ross and Daniel Park scored the goals and Cove would have won by a lot more were it not for a lengthy list of top saves by visiting keeper Dylan MacLean.
Mitch said: "Nobody at the club thinks of themselves as a certain starter in any match.
"I could hardly complain if I'm not picked after the way we played against Nairn.
"It was a very strong, professional, performance.
"Everybody did their jobs properly and were it not for their keeper we would have won by a lot more.
"The manager will also be keen to shuffle the pack as well because we have a lot of games coming up before the end of the season.
"But he knows I'm ready to go if needed."
Mitch is also determined to avoid picking up any more suspensions. His latest ban was earned because he has picked up a total of 12 yellow cards this season, more than any other Cove player.
"Nobody enjoys missing games, even more so at this important stage of the season," he said.
"I will certainly be doing all that I can to stay clear of any problems from here on."
A Cove victory would see them leapfrog over Brora, who currently lead the table on goal difference.
Mitch said: "We are well aware of how important a win over Rothes could be.
"It would put extra pressure on Brora, they would probably have to win all of their remaining games to have any hope of overtaking us.
"But we also know that Rothes will be determined to claim our scalp and if we want the three points we are going to have to earn them."

Cove will be without defender Harry Milne, who suffered a hamstring injury in the victory over Nairn.
The Rothes match, which was originally postponed on December 15 because of high winds, kicks off at 8pm.