COVE WILL HAVE TO EARN THE RIGHT TO COMPETE IN COATBRIDGE, SAYS VETERAN STRIKER JIMMY
EXPERIENCED: Martin ‘Jimmy’ Scott has played away to Albion Rovers before with some of his previous clubs.
COVE Rangers striker Jimmy Scott believes tomorrow’s trip to the Reigart Stadium could prove to be one of the toughest we will face in our inaugural season playing in Ladbrokes League Two.
Cove take on Albion Rovers at the former Cliftonhill Stadium hoping to build on last week’s excellent 5-0 home win over Edinburgh City in our league opener.
For many of the Cove players it will be their first trip to Coatbridge and Jimmy, who has played there many times with some of his previous clubs, warned it’s a place where victories have to be earned.
“The best way I can put it is you have got to earn the right to play there,” said the 33-year old, who has also played for Hibs, Ross County, Livingston, Raith Rovers, Stenhousemuir, Arbroath and Cowdenbeath
“I’ve never heard anyone say they found it easy away to Albion Rovers.
“It will certainly be a different game to what it would have been had Cove been at home.
“We are able to play passing, expansive, football at Balmoral but that might not be so easy at a lot of the other grounds we are going to visit in this league.
“You have to adapt to the different challenges you are likely to encounter at the grounds.
“It’s why teams like Albion Rovers have survived in the lower leagues for so long.
“They have managed to use their home grounds to their advantage and get the results when they need them the most.
“We will, of course, try to impose our own philosophy on the game but it might need to be mixed up with just plain old scrapping and battling to come out on top.”
Cove head south again on the back of a 4-1 victory away to St Johnstone Colts in midweek.
Jimmy said: “The Colts side gave a very good account of themselves, so deserve huge credit for that.
“It was always going to be tough for us anyway coming off the back of the win over Edinburgh City, a game that everyone who played put their all in to.
“Sometimes that can have a bit of a knock-on effect and it could be why we lost such an early goal.
“But you have to give the lads credit for the way they responded after that.
“We played some great football and created a lot of chances and certainly deserved the victory.
“There was never any doubt in my mind that we would come back because there is a real winning mentality within our squad.
“It’s a historic thing when you look back on what Cove have done over the last few years, so you can never write us off.”
OFF THE MARK: Jimmy Scott’s header finds the net against St Johnstone Colts for what was his first goal of the campaign for Cove Rangers.
Jimmy did his bit by scoring Cove’s fourth, his first competitive strike of the season, after coming off the bench on the hour.
He also set up the third for Mitch Megginson, who also came on as a substitute.
“You want you subs making an impact off the bench so I’m glad I managed to do that,” said Jimmy.
“It was also good to chip in with a goal because I’m going need those if I’m to have any hope of starting games when you look at the quality of the competition we have up front.”
COVE fans are reminded that parking is limited at the Reigart Stadium, although there is ample in the streets in the area.
There is also no access to the North Terrace, which is limited to staff filming the game.
Tickets are Adults £13, Concessions £7 and Under-16s £2. Under-12s will be admitted for free if accompanied by an adult.