Dalbeattie Star’s league position is false and they will provide stern opposition, says Chris Anderson.
They have typically been competing higher up the table but find themselves in second bottom four points behind Vale, giving today’s game added importance.
But Anderson is preparing himself to face the Dalbeattie team he has been used to in previous seasons.
He is though happy with his teams form and believes it is an indicator that they can be a match for Star.
He said: “It’s a crucial match for both teams.
“In recent years today’s opposition have proved to be a strong Lowland League side and their current league position doesn’t do them justice.
“Three wins out of four is good form by anyone’s standards and we will be continuing to build on that in the weeks ahead.
“We can’t look too far ahead and we know that we need to be on the top of our game if we are to get the result we want.”
A busy festive period sees Vale play some of the teams around them and also Borders derbies against Gala, Hawick and Selkirk.
Ando knows it could be a defining period. He added: “The lead up to Christmas will shape our season with big game after big game.
”The players deserve the plaudits for their effort but we all know wins are what is required.”
Three key players come back into the squad for today’s match —Ally Smith, Craig McBride and Brad Raiker.