COVE BOSS PAUL PRAISES FANS FOR TURNING OUT IN FORCE SO FAR TO BACK BID TO COMPETE AT SPFL LEVEL

06/11/2019

COVE Rangers manager Paul Hartley has thanked our Blue and White army of fans for doing their bit to help us cope with playing at SPFL level for the first time in our history.
The latest home attendances figures, released by the SPFL ahead of last weekend’s round of fixtures, shows our average home crowd in Ladbrokes League Two - 762 - is the biggest in the division.
The total turn-out for the five league games played at Balmoral Stadium so far has been 3811.
Paul said: “That’s brilliant backing to get in our first season playing at SPFL level, hopefully that will continue.
“It’s up to us to try to keep playing good football to persuade the fans to keep coming.
“I can assure them their backing has been noticed by myself and the players and is much  appreciated.”
Our lowest attendance, 633, is still higher than the best achieved by all of the other clubs in League Two with the exception of Elgin City (1002) and Stirling Albion (701).
That bumper turn-out at Borough Briggs, the highest home one so far, was also for Elgin City’s league clash with us in September.
Boss Paul said: “It’s been great to see the Cove fans turning up in big numbers when we are on the road too.
“They also make themselves heard and the players definitely get a lift from that.”
The total home attendance figure is expected to shoot past the 4,000 mark when we entertain Stirling Albion on Saturday in the league.
Paul warned the Cove players they better we ready for what he expects to be a very testing 90 minutes as we attempt to stay ahead of Edinburgh City at the top of the table.
“We are going up against a side who are very much in-form,” said Paul.
“I have the utmost admiration for Stirling Albion manager Kevin Rutkiewicz and can only applaud him for the way he has led his side through what was a difficult start to their league campaign.
“Stirling were being mentioned as one of the title favourites, but found themselves at the bottom end if the table after a slow start, which included a 2-1 defeat by us down at Forthbank Stadium.
“We were made to work hard for that victory though, which is why I was always confident Stirling would eventually find their form and why I have maintained they were in a false position in the table.
“And so it’s has proved - they face us this weekend unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions and with the best goals against record in the division.
“They haven’t won all of those games, but not losing builds confidence.
“Stirling are particularly strong defensively and they are dangerous side going forward, so it will take a top class performance from us if we are to have any hope of coming out on top.”

READ COVE RANGERS MANAGER PAUL HARTLEY’S COLUMN IN THE MATCH PROGRAMME FOR THE STIRLING ALBION GAME, WHICH WILL BE ON SALE AT BALMORAL STADIUM ON SATURDAY.