BACKING FROM OUR FANS IN BERWICK WILL BE A HUGE ASSET, SAYS COVE BOSS GRAEME
TRUE BLUES: Some of the Cove Rangers travelling support who will be on the road again this weekend making the close to 400 mile round trip to see the play-off final second leg against Berwick Rangers.
COVE Rangers co-manager Graeme Mathieson is delighted the Blue Army will be marching in force to Berwick on Saturday.
A record away support for Cove is expected inside Shielfield Park for the second leg of the SPFL Pyramid Play-off final against Berwick Rangers.
The official supporters club have already sold out two full coaches, with many others are making the near 400 mile trip by train or car to make sure they are at what is arguably the biggest game in the club’s history.
Boss Graeme praised all of the Cove fans who are making that effort because, despite the fact they have a 4-0 advantage from the first leg, he feels the backing from their supporters could help them in their quest to become the first Highland League side to earn promotion via the play-offs.
“We really appreciate the effort being made by every one of those fans because we still have a huge game ahead of us,” said Graeme.
“The players got a massive lift from seeing the Cove fans were out in force when we played East Kilbride away in the first leg of the semis.
“They made themselves heard as well and the team responded with one of our best performances of the season up to that point.
“Those have since been overtaken by the displays in the second leg of the semi and against Berwick last weekend and the fans played their part in both of those as well.
“To see a crowd of 1,200 turning out for the second game with East Kilbride was amazing enough, but it then have close to 2,000 at the game with Berwick was way beyond our expectations.
“I can only thank the fans for rallying again to help is in what is going to be a tough final leg of these play-offs.
“I’m sure they will be making themselves heard again and I can promise them we will be doing all that we possibly can to make their journey back up the road on Saturday night a happy one.”
Cove have been boosted by the news top scorer Mitch Megginson, who suffered a groin injury in the first leg, is expected to be fit for the return.
The only certain absentee is striker Jimmy Scott, who is suspended.
Graeme said: “We expect to have a full squad of 20 to pick from,which is brilliant at this stage of what has been a long and demanding campaign.
“The players have also looked fresh and eager to get going in training this week.
“We are going there in a confident mood but accept there is still work to be done.
“Berwick certainly won’t be thinking the tie is over so we are going to have to be ready to work as hard as we did in the first match.”
FAN-TASTIC: Cove Rangers co-manager Graeme Mathieson is delighted they will have a huge backing at Berwick this weekend.