COVE SKIPPER ERIC HAS LEARNED TO NEVER TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED IN RACE FOR HIGHLAND TITLE
WARY OF WICK: Cove Rangers captain Eric Watson.
ERIC Watson has warned his Cove Rangers teammates there is still work to be done if they want to be crowned champions of the Breedon Highland League.
Skipper Eric, the most decorated player the club’s history, is chasing what would be his sixth title triumph with Cove.
But he’s also finished as runner-up three times in the league, the most painfully being two years ago when Cove were pipped at the post, on goal difference, by Buckie Thistle.
“I would love get my hands on the championship trophy for a sixth time but know that’s by no means certain to happen,” said Eric, who was hoping to feature in tomorrow’s clash with Wick Academy at Balmoral Stadium.
“It’s dangerous to look any further than the next match in this league, especially when you note that Brora Rangers still have a better goal difference than us.
“As things stand, it could still come down to that again.
“The only way we can stop that happening is to stay fully focussed on making sure we take as many points as possible in our remaining four games, which won’t be easy.
“Wick will come here with nothing to lose and showed in our last meeting, when they went a goal in front, that they can make it difficult for us.
“They will get stuck in again so it’s up to match that and hope that the quality we have in our team eventually gives us the edge again.”
Eric is pleased they are returning to Balmoral on the back of a comfortable 6-0 victory away to struggling Fort William.
“It was just good to get the job done,” said Eric.
“Nobody fancies the idea of having to go to Fort William in midweek but we knew we just had to get on with it.
“It wasn’t the prettiest of performances but I would take 6-0 win on their pitch any day.
“We could have won a wee bit more handsomely if we had taken all of our chance but we got the three points and didn’t concede any goals so were pleased enough.”
Veteran striker Paul McManus netted twice in the victory at Claggan Park but admitted he should have scored more.
“I missed a few chances, although I wasn’t alone,” said Paul, who is delighted to be back playing after a 10 week injury lay off.
“I suppose you have to give their keeper credit for making some great saves, but we should still have won by a 10 or 12.
“Hopefully we will be a lot sharper in front of goal in the remaining games because we still need a few more points to see off the challenge of Brora.”
Cove are hopeful top scorer Mitch Megginson will be fit for tomorrow after missing the trip to Lochaber because of an ankle injury.