CRUNCH TIME FOR COVE IN TITLE RACE IS COMING UP IN NEW YEAR SAYS DOUBLE GOAL HERO JORDON
COVE Rangers goal hero Jordon Brown has warned they will have to dig deep if they want to make 2019 a happy year for their supporters.
Cove ended 2018 with a 3-0 home victory over Huntly to remain on top of the Breedon Highland League.
While happy to be leading the title race, Jordon accepts Cove can't afford to take anything for granted with Fraserburgh, Brora Rangers, Formartine United and Inverurie Locos still hot on their tail as they move toward the final stages of the campaign.
"Everyone knows the crunch time of the season is this next five months or so," said Jordon, who netted twice in the win over Huntly.
"We still have a mammoth battle ahead if we want to get this bid to win the league title over the line. There is still a lot of games to played and plenty of points to be won - or lost."
Mitch Megginson also scored a late penalty as Cove overcame stubborn resistance from Huntly and also ensured they ended the year without conceding a league goal at Balmoral Stadium.
"We weren't at our very best but got another clean sheet and three goals, so are happy enough," said Jordon.
"The guys at the back don't get enough praise for the job they've done so far, which is why I was delighted to see Scott Ross voted man of the match.
"Not losing a league goal at Balmoral Stadium in 2018 underlines just how good they all are at their jobs."
Jordon is pleased to have made his own contribution with the two goals, although he accepts he had a helping hand from Huntly keeper Euan Storrier for the first.
The Huntly No1 allowed Jordan's shot from the edge of the area to squeeze through his legs and over the line to gift Cove an early lead.
Jordon said: "Some of the lads joked it was because I hit the shot so poorly it was too soft for the keeper to deal with.
"I'm not worried, I was just delighted to see it go in and ensure we had control of the game.
"If you don't shoot you don't score and I at least made sure the effort was on target.
"My second was an easier finish but that was only because Mitch was unselfish enough to cut the ball back to me when he could probably have scored himself.
"That's me up to 10 goals now, which is very pleasing.
"I want to stay involved in the starting side as we move into the new year and scoring goals will help."