WATSON’S RALLYING CALL AS COVE GO IN SEARCH OF NINE IN A ROW
ERIC Watson has called for one final push as Cove Rangers look to go into a much needed break in style when they take on Formartine United at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday.
The sides clash in the Breedon Highland League in what will be Cove's 16th match already, in all competitions, this season.
They will finally get a breather after facing Formartine because Cove don't have a fixture scheduled for the following weekend.
Skipper Eric admitted that will be welcomed - but only if they have managed to get the better of Formartine and recorded what would be their ninth straight victory in the league so far, despite the demands that have been placed on what is a tight Cove squad.
"It won't be easy because Formartine have shown already this season that they have a very strong squad, but it's what we must aim to do," said Eric.
"They are a good, well organised, team with a lot of good players.
"They underlined that when we played them in the Aberdeenshire Cup earlier in the season, we only just managed to get through that one and I'm expecting this next clash to be pretty similar.
"But the opportunity to go into our mini break on the back of another win is a big incentive.
"We've had to cope with a few boys being injured from game to game and most of us have kept going despite suffering a few bumps and bruises along the way.
"It's going to be a case of forgetting our aches and pains and digging deep again in the hope that will be enough to see us through what will certainly be another testing 90 minutes.
"We will have to lift our game because we know Formartine will be fresher because they didn't have to play in midweek.
"We would certainly have preferred a week's rest as well in the lead-up to a game like this one.
"It wasn't to be though, so we just have to go out there and do our very best to attempt to keep our good run in the league going."
Cove go into the meeting with Formartine with confidence high after claiming their place in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup with a hard earned 3-1 extra-time victory over Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park.
"We made heavy weather of it but that was down to Vale playing really well on the night," said Eric.
"I'm just glad to get through to the final and we can now look forward to that after we come back from our break."
Cove's opponents in the final will be Aberdeen Junior side Banks o' Dee, who hammered Turriff United 7-0 away in the other semi.
In-form Dee, who are managed by former Cove heroes Tommy Forbes and Jamie Watt, also beat Inverurie Locos 5-1 away and Aberdeen 4-3 at Spain Park in the earlier rounds.
Eric knows they are going to have to be at their very best if they want to come out on top in the final, on Saturday October 6, and end Cove's eight year wait to win the trophy for what would be only the third time in the club's history.
He said: "it's clear Dee are an even better side than they were when we faced them last season and it's going to take a really good performance to win that one.
"But we are eager to improve the club's record in the competition (Cove's only wins were in 2001 and 2010 and they have also lost the last two finals).
"I was in the Cove side that last won it eight years ago, I played alongside my brother that day, which made it even more special.
"It's a cracking big trophy and it was lovely to get my hands on it back then.
"The aim will be to do that again, but you can be sure the Dee skipper will thinking exactly the same thing on the day."