COVE BOSS SHERAN HAPPY THEY CAN STILL DELIVER IN FRONT OF GOAL WITHOUT STAR HITMAN MEGGINSON
WELL DONE:Scott Ross is mobbed by delighted team mates after scoring against Nairn.
COVE Rangers manager John Sheran has praised his players for proving they are far from a one man team.
Cove had to face Nairn County at Balmoral Stadium in the Breedon Highland League without top scorer Mitch Megginson, who was serving a one match ban.
But the 38-goal hitman wasn't missed as they beat County 3-0 with strikes from Jordon Brown, Daniel Park and Scott Ross to remain level on points with Brora Rangers at the top of the table.
John said: "We had laid the challenge down to other players to see if they could deliver goals when needed too.
"It was up to them to show Mitch isn't the only guy who is capable of doing that for Cove and they certainly did that.
"We also scored five goals away to Lossiemouth and Mitch, who was playing that day, didn't get any of those either.
"The last eight goals have been shared by a variety of players and that's been very pleasing."
John felt the whole team were at the top of their game to see off some stuffy defending by Nairn.
That was backed up by the fact defender Alan Redford was voted man of the match by sponsors Henderson & Dick.
"They all put in a fantastic shift considering how hard we had worked to earn a draw out at Pitmedden last Wednesday," said John.
"We asked the players to retain the ball and keep asking questions of the Nairn defence and I thought they did that really well.
"That was despite some very difficult conditions, the wind was swirling about all over the place.
"They also showed patience to wait for the goals to come and al three were well taken.
"Harry Milne put in a great cross for the first one and the second was just a class breakaway.
"The attitude of the players was spot on from start to finish."
The victory came at a cost though.
Defender Harry Milne suffered a hamstring injury in the first half and is expected to be sidelined for the next few weeks.
But that bad news was countered by the good that Milne's replacement, Grant Campbell, came through what was his first top team appearance for 11 months unscathed.
John said: "We will find out at the start of the week just how bad Harry's injury is but it's likely to keep him out for at least two to three weeks, which would be disappointing.
"But we are fortunate to have a player of Grant's ability back involved to give us cover.
"It was great to see him do so well in his first game back.
"He knows he still has a wee bit to go as far as match fitness is concerned.
"But he was first class when he went on, so should take a lot of encouragement from that,
"Sam Burnett is right behind him too, just itching for the chance to come back in, which is great at this crucial stage of the season."
Cove now face Rothes at Balmoral Stadium on Wednesday, 8pm, looking for a win that would see them leapfrog Brora at the top of the table.
But John has already warned his players they will have to work for the three points.
"Rothes have really good attacking players so are capable of beating anyone on their day," he said.
"Even more so if an opponent approaches a game against them in the wrong way.
"The players will be asked to perform as well as they did against Nairn but also guard against the threat that Rothes will pose to our goal.
"If they maintain high standards in all of the games we have left we will end up where we want to be in the league."
DYNAMIC DAN: Cove midfielder Daniel Park lashes home for his goal against Nairn.
WELCOME BACK: Grant Campbell made his return from injury as a substitute against Nairn.