COVE MIDFIELD ACE DANIEL MAKES RALLYING CALL AS THEY PREPARE FOR FINAL PUSH IN TITLE RACE
WARNING: Cove Rangers’ star midfielder Daniel Park.
DANIEL Park has warned his Cove Rangers team-mates the hardest part has still to come if they want to be crowned champions of the Breedon Highland League.
Cove need one point from their final two games, the first of which is away to Forres Mechanics tomorrow, if they are to finally see off the challenge of second placed Brora Rangers.
Midfielder Daniel, who is seeking to pick up his third championship medal, knows that is going to be far from an easy task.
“When we won those previous two titles we found actually getting things over the line was the most challenging part,” he said.
“It’s good we are in such a strong position, but nothing’s guaranteed in this game
“The sides we have to face know what’s at stake and will want to make a name for themselves by maybe stopping us getting the points needed and ruin our party.
“When it comes to the crunch time in the title race you tend to find teams change the way they normally play against you.
“They will set themselves up to restrict the amount of chances we might be able to create and maybe look to catch us on the break.
“That’s what happened when we played at Keith during the week, we had to work really hard to eventually edge that one 1-0.
“Forres are a big strong side who are normally pretty strong defensively too.
“It’s likely they will be tough to break down as well but we showed at Keith we are capable of keeping on playing to eventually overcome that.
“We might have to be patient again but we can do it as long as we work as hard, stick together as a team and stay focussed on the job that needs to be done.”
Daniel’s other big concern is whether he will actually get picked to start the big match at Mosset Park.
Manager John Sheran praised him for the key part he played in last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Formartine United in the Highland League Cup final.
So it may have come as a bit of a disappointment to Daniel to then find himself on the bench for the midweek league meeting with Keith.
“That’s an indication of just how strong our squad is at the moment,” he said.
“Even if you feel you have played well you never feel safe because you know there are so many good players desperate to get their chance.
“You also have to accept the manager has the option to change things to suit whatever opponents we are up against.
“Having said that, nobody likes missing out, especially at this stage of the season.
“But I was a lot luckier than some up at Keith when you see the likes of Jordon Brown, Grant Campbell and Hamish MacLeod weren’t involved at all and our captain Eric Watson never got on.
“All of them would walk into any other Highland League side, so it makes you appreciate when you are picked and get on the pitch.
“Despite the intense competition, everyone still sticks together and encourages whoever is lucky to be picked and it will be the same tomorrow.
“We all want to be successful and know we wouldn’t be in the position where we are right now if we didn’t have that intense competition for places.”