COVE HITMAN MITCH SAYS MEMORIES OF TWO YEARS AGO WILL MAKE SURE THEY DON’T TREAT STRATHSPEY LIGHTLY
WARY: Cove Rangers striker Mitch Megginson says Strathspey Thistle will be dangerous opponents.
COVE Rangers striker Mitch Megginson has warned against letting Strathspey Thistle wreck their title hopes again this season.
Cove face Strathspey at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday as they bid to maintain their three point lead at the top of the Breedon Highland League.
Mitch will never forget how an unexpected 1-1 draw at Strathspey in season 2016-17 ended up costing them the title, which they lost on goal difference to Buckie Thistle.
"We mustn't let something like that happen again," said Mitch.
"Everybody expected us to beat Strathspey that day, even more so because they finished bottom of the league that season.
"But we didn't and the two points lost are what killed us.
"It's certainly guaranteed I will never be complacent in any game against Strathspey, even more so because everyone knows they are a far better side now than they were two years ago.
"They've drawn with Formartine United and at Forres and won away at Deveronvale and Rothes, which shows how good a team they are.
"We were also very fortunate to beat them 3-2 at their place earlier this season.
"I'm expecting them to push us all the way again on Saturday as well, this is going be a very tricky fixture."
Brora took advantage of the fact Cove's match at Fort William last weekend was postponed because of frozen pitch by beating Turriff United 5-0 at The Haughs to leapfrog over Fraserburgh into second spot.
They start this weekend's fixtures three points adrift, although Cove do have one game in hand.
Mitch said: "Things are very tight at the top so it's important we get all three points this weekend.
"We have always expected a strong challenge, it's a very competitive league.
"It's great that our strong start allowed to go into the top spot over the new year.
"But that won't be remembered if we don't go on and win the title.
"It's vital we do all we can to repeat the displays that have put us into the position we are in at the moment.
"If we take care of our own games then it won't matter what they teams beneath us do."
Cove boss John Sheran has the option of recalling veteran striker Paul McManus, who is fully fit again after a four month spell out through injury.
Midfielders Grant Campbell and Sam Burnett also made comebacks with the under-20 side earlier this week after more than a year out with cruciate ligament injuries, but neither will be risked against Strathspey.