COVE SKIPPER ERIC WOULD LOVE ANOTHER RUN OUT IN CRUCIAL HIGHLAND LEAGUE CLASH AT PITTMEDDEN
BACK INVOLVED: Cove captain Eric Watson returned to the starting lineup at Lossiemouth
ERIC Watson admits he's desperate to feature for Cove Rangers in the Breedon Highland League showdown with Formartine United at Pittmedden.
Club skipper Eric made his first start since November in Saturday's 5-0 victory away to Lossiemouth.
"I would love to be involved at Pitmeddden too because it's a huge game," said Eric.
"They would love to put a spanner in the works as far as our title challenges goes so Formartine will be right up for it.
"The game at North Lodge Park is always one of our toughest of the season anyway because they always have a go at us.
"But they are also the sort of games I love playing in the most.
"I tend to get a hot reception from the Formartine fans, which suggests I must have done something right on some of my previous visits.
"Hopefully they well get the chance to do that again, but I'm not taking anything for granted after the way things have gone over the last few months."
The fine form of the likes of Darryn Kelly, Scott Ross and Ryan Strachan meant Eric had been stuck on the bench in the eight games played since the 4-2 victory away to Clachnacuddin at the end of November.
Injuries to Darryn and Scott opened the door for Eric to get back in at the weekend,
"To be honest, it's been a bit of a nightmare," said Eric.
"You would hardly expect to hear me say I was happy not to be playing.
"I had been chapping on the manager's door reminding him i was desperate to be involved again.
"I accept that was difficult because the team's been really solid and hardly conceded any goals during the time I didn't feature.
"When you are with a club like Cove Rangers you accept there are spells when you might have to be patient and wait for an opportunity.
"I was glad to finally get a chance up at Lossiemouth and get my fitness levels back up again.
"Hopefully I did enough to convince the manager to keep me involved because it's the business end of the season, when everyone wants to play."
The win at Lossiemouth kept Cove in second spot, behind Brora Rangers on goal difference.
Eric confirmed they were pleased with their efforts at Grant Park.
He said: "It was a strong team performance after we overcame a lively start by Lossiemouth.
"We really stepped up a gear after the second goal which was pleasing.
"I've been over the course enough times to know it's all about winning games at this stage of the campaign.
"We were happy to do that and also cut into the advantage Bora had over us in goal difference.
"But we know we are in for a far tougher test at Pitmedden and we have to be ready for that."