COVE BOSS SHERAN PRAISES WATSON AND STRACHAN AFTER LATEST LEAGUE VICTORY AT LOSSIEMOUTH
ON FORM: Cove skipper Eric Watson in action at Lossiemouth.
COVE Rangers manager John Sheran is delighted with the return he got from his players in their 5-0 Breedon Highland League victory over Lossiemouth. Connor Scully, Ryan Strachan, Jordon Brown, Jamie Masson and Harry Milne scored the goals at Grant Park that ensured Cove remained in second spot, behind table leaders Brora Rangers by the narrowest of margins, although they do still have two games in hand.
Sheran applauded his entire side for what he described as a "thoroughly professional performance."
But he admitted he was particularly pleased with the contributions made by experienced duo Eric Watson and Strachan.
Skipper Watson, making his first top team start since the end of November, strolled through the match as Cove recorded yet another clean sheet.
He was called upon when Darryn Kelly and Scott Ross were late call-offs because of injuries.
Fellow defender Strachan was also solid at the back and also scored the crucial second goal to ensure there was no way back for what was a stuffy Lossie side.
Boss John said: "It was good to see Eric play as well as he always does and getting a full 90 minutes under his belt.
"He's had to be patient because the team has been doing well so will be delighted to have got some game time.
"There was never any doubt Eric would do what was needed because he's continued to look after himself while he has been out.
"He got better as the game went on as he got used to the pace of things again.
"We were very fortunate to have a player of his calibre to call upon with Ross and Kelly ruled out.
"Ryan also played very well, he's been in very good form in recent weeks.
"It was no surprise to see him deliver the second goal in the manner that he did too, he's always capable of that sort of quality strike
"It was a great result when you consider the pitch was a bit bumpy and the wind was also making it difficult to pass the ball about.
"It was like pinball at times because the ball was bouncing back up off the surface and pretty difficult to control.
"I thought the boys handled the conditions pretty well, particularly in the second half, when we were by far better.
"It's all about winning at this stage of the season and doing so as comfortably as we did was good enough for me.
"We also hit the woodwork a few times and had two very strong penalty claims turned down, so there's no doubt we deserved to take the three points."
Next up for Cove is a league visit to Formartine United on Wednesday night.
John said: "We always get a tough game out at Pitmeddden but it's one we are looking forward to."