COVE BOSS JOHN DELIGHTED WITH THEIR MAGNIFICENT SEVEN AGAINST STRATHSPEY AS WINNING STREAK CONTINUES
GET IN THERE: Jordon Brown slots home one of his two goals against Strathspey
COVE Rangers manager John Sheran has praised his players for turning on the style in their 7-1 home victory over Strathspey Thistle.
Cove maintained their three point lead over Brora Rangers at the top of the Breedon Highland League with a powerful performance that proved too much for Strathspey at Balmoral Stadium.
Mitch Megginson netted a hat-trick and, Jordon Brown bagged two.
Jordan MacRae and full-back Harry Milne completed the scoring on a great afternoon for Cove, despite the fact Strathspey became the first visiting side to net a league goal at Balmoral.
"The performance was way better than we could have expected," said John.
"It was an outstanding team effort, particularly in the first half.
"The players were clinical when it came to taking chances and played some excellent passing football."
The fact the three strikers who scored - Megginson, Brown and MacRae - really pleased John.
He reckons the sight of a fully fit again Paul McManus on the bench was a factor.
"They know they are going to have to maintain high standards to keep Paul out of the team," said the Cove manager.
"It's been particularly pleasing to see Jordon Brown getting among the goals in recent weeks.
"He can play in a variety of positions but has been giving us a good return when played as an out and out striker, as he was against Strathspey.
"But, as is the case with everyone, Jordon knows he must show he can keep up the good work in the next game as well."
The next one for Cove is a visit to fellow title challengers Formartine United this coming Saturday.
"The matches against Formartjne are always among our most challenging of the season but also the ones we look forward to most, particularly out at Pitmeddden," said John.
"When you go to some grounds it can be more difficult because the pitches aren't the greatest at this time of year.
"But the surface at North Lodge Park is always great and allows you the freedom to pass the ball and play.
"It will be the same for Formartine and I'm sure it will be a closely fought encounter, as the meetings between us always tend to be."
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