COVE GOAL HERO JAMIE LOOKING FOR MORE TASTY STARTERS AFTER CUP VICTORY OVER HUNTLY
MASSON MAGIC: Jamie Masson, left, looks on as his free kick against Huntly finds the net for his eight goal of the season.
COVE Rangers midfielder Jamie Masson is demanding another strong start when they face Rothes at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday in the Breedon Highland League.
Cove go into the match with confidence flying after beating Huntly 5-0 to claim a place in the last four of the Highland League Cup.
Jamie believes starting that match on the front foot was the key to ensuring they bounced back from losing 1-0 Fraserburgh in the league the week before.
He wants to see more of the same when they take on Rothes.
"We have to keep showing lessons have been learned from the Fraserburgh game," said Jamie.
"The start we made to that one, losing a goal inside the first minute, just wasn't acceptable.
"We were determined to start well against Huntly so that we didn't have to chase the game, as we had to at Bellslea.
"The aim was to get the ball down and pass it so that Huntly had to do the chasing, so it's pleasing that's what happened.
"The challenge now is to see if we can start every game strongly from here on."
Jamie scored the opener from a free-kick that took a deflection off Huntly's Cammy Booth, who was standing in their defensive wall.....but it would be a brave man who tries to deny the Cove man what was his eighth goal of the campaign.
"It was going in anyway, so it's definitely mine," said the 24-year-old.
"The manager tells us to make sure we hit the free-kicks with power and get them on target, which means there is always a chance they can go in off a defender who may try to clear them.
"But my intention was to score, so I'm having that one."
Daniel Park also scored with a free kick later in the game. Connor Scully and top scorer Mitch Megginson, who is currently out injured, have also had some joy from set pieces this season.
"Parky and I showed with a couple of the other kicks we took against Huntly that we don't always get it right," joked Jamie.
"But it's great that we have enjoyed so much success already, hopefully that will continue.
"It's not a fluke, all of us spend time working on how to take the kicks properly so you do get a bit of extra satisfaction when that effort is rewarded in a game."
Jamie is also delighted Cove had five different scorers against Huntly - and none of them were recognised strikers.
"With Mitch and Paul McManus out injured it's vital the rest of us chip in with our fair share," he said.
"We still have Jordan MacRae but he's one of the younger members of the squad so it would be unfair to burden him with having to get all the goals while Mitch and Paul are unavailable.
"Jordon Brown's goal against Huntly means he now has eight too, so we are showing we have a threat from other areas of the team.
"That's vital for any side that hopes to be successful over the course of a long season."
Jamie is also eager to see Cove make a positive finish to 2018 to ensure they are still in a good position when the race for the Highland League title hots up in the new year.
Jamie said: "It's nice to have a cup semi in the bag but we are now totally focussed on getting back to winning ways in the league.
"The clash with Rothes is the start of a run of very tough games for us.
"We are eager to win that to give ourselves a boost for the trip to Buckie, just before Christmas.
"It's Huntly back at Balmoral after that, so we know we are going to have to dig deep if we want to make a strong finish to the year."