COVE GOAL GRABBER JORDON WARNS THEY MUST STAY FOCUSED IN BID TO PILE PRESSURE ON BRORA
ON TARGET: Jordon Brown opens the scoring against Nairn at Balmoral Stadium.
COVE Rangers forward Jordon Brown has urged his team-mates to make sure the race for the Breedon Highland League is still in their own hands after Wednesday's clash against Rothes.
Cove face The Speysiders at Balmoral Stadium, 8pm, looking for a win that would leapfrog them over Brora, who currently lead the table on goal difference.
Cove would also have a game in hand but Jordon says they are taking nothing for granted as they bid to complete back-to-back title triumphs.
He said: "It's great to be level on points with Brora with games in hand but it's also vital we don't offer them any sort of encouragement at this important stage of the campaign.
"You can be sure Rothes are well aware of how important a win on Wednesday would be to us and will want to stop us getting it.
"We have to be ready for another tough game and look to maintain high standards or else we could suddenly see any advantage we do have wiped out."
Cove go into the match boosted by the fact they took full advantage of Brora only drawing 0-0 away to Formartine United on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Nairn County at Balmoral.
Jordon played a blinder in the game...literally!
He brought his tally for the season so far to 15 by netting the vital opener - despite the fact he could only see out of one eye because an earlier bang on the head meant he had lost a contact lens and struggled to see the ball coming in from Harry Milne's left wing cross.
"Not being able to see properly obviously helped," joked Jordon.
"The ball just bounced off me and went in!
"I could hardly have missed anyway because the cross from Harry was just perfect.
"People thought the hold up afterwards was because I had collided with the post while scoring.
"But it was because Jenni (Butler, the Cove physio) was helping me find the lens and put it back in.
"It was good to get another goal although I was a bit disappointed I didn't manage to get a couple more because we had plenty of chances.
"I'm really enjoying my football at the moment.
"I had started nine games in a row up to our visit to Formartine then came back in and scored against Nairn and also helped set up the second, which was very pleasing.
"It was a good team performance too because the wind made the conditions difficult to play in.
"Despite that, we still managed to play some good football and really work the Nairn keeper.
"Were it not for him the winning margin would have been even more comfortable.
"But it's on to the next game now and we know Rothes will probably make it even harder for us than Nairn did.
"We will be going all out for another win because we also know how valuable that could prove to be over the next few weeks."
Cove will be without full-back Harry Milne, who suffered a hamstring injury during the first half against Nairn, but top scorer Mitch Megginson is available again after serving a one match ban.