COVE DOUBLE GOAL HERO PAUL PRAISES STRIKE PARTNER MITCH
COVE Rangers striker Paul McManus is confident his partnership Mitch Megginson can help keep the goals flowing for the club this season.
Both were on target in the 4-0 victory over Rothes at Mackessack Park in the Breedon Highland League.
Veteran campaigner Paul grabbed a double, with his younger sidekick rounding off a deserved win with a screamer of a strike two minutes from time.
The 35-year-old was quick to praise Mitch for making life easier for him with his movement and ability to read the game.
"Mitch really is a dream to play alongside," said Paul, who had missed the weekend 2-0 home win over Fraserburgh because of suspension.
"He's got everything about his game that a striker needs to do well.
"Mitch could probably have scored five goals on his own, he snatched at a few before getting that cracker just before the end.
"He was also involved in the build-ups to both of my goals and was very unselfish when he squared the ball to me instead of shooting at the second.
"That's a side to Mitch that doesn't get praised enough, that he just keeps going on and on to set up chances for others as well getting on the end of them.
"I'm very fortunate to have him to play alongside.
"We seem to link up well, it's been like that since the first day we played together for Cove.
"That was shown last season when I came back into the team towards the end of the campaign and we scored a few important goals.
"It's great that we have managed to do the same in our first start together in the league this season as well.
"Everywhere I've played I've always seemed to combine well with the wee, nippy, sort of strikers - like Mitch.
"I reckon that's because I pride myself at being able to hold the ball up well and also like to get in behind defences as well.
"It gives a partnership with someone who is always on the move looking for the ball and capable of playing it back to you if you make the right runs more chance of working.
"You saw a perfect example of what I mean at my second goal, Mitch just knew where I would be when he let the ball run through to me at the start of the move.
"He also timed his pass back to me perfectly to leave me with a pretty simple finish.
"Hopefully we can keep up the good work, if we do we will have a great chance of winning more games through the season.
The win at Rothes maintained Cove's 100% start to the defence of their league title, but Paul warned they have much tougher tests to come, starting with Buckie Thistle's visit to Balmoral Stadium on Saturday.
"We are enjoying winning but it's early days," said Paul.
"There is no chance of us getting carried away with ourselves because we know every game in this league is tough, even more so because we were champions last season.
"It's only natural that everybody wants to beat the champions and you can be sure Buckie will be desperate to do that on Saturday.
"Every side that comes to Balmoral will be eager to become the first visiting side to win there as well.
"Teams who win championships tend to have very strong records at home, though.
"The set-up at Balmoral is among the best I've seen, even from my time playing in the lower divisions of the SPFL.
"It's up to us to use that to our advantage to get us to where we want to be."