ERIC WARNS COVE TEAM-MATES TALBOT TIE COULD PROVE TO BE THEIR TOUGHEST TEST OF THE CAMPAIGN
COVE Rangers skipper Eric Watson admits they are going to have to produce their very best if they are to have any hope of getting the better of Auchinleck Talbot tomorrow.
The Ayrshire Junior side travel north to Balmoral Stadium in the second round of the William Hill Scottish Cup, a match defender Eric anticipates being among the most testing Cove will face all season.
"I played against Ayrshire Junior sides in Scottish Cup ties when I was with Montrose Roselea, so know what to expect," said Eric.
"Their teams are always full of big, physical, boys who aren't afraid to mix it.
"There's always a sprinkling of ex-seniors in their squads as well, so we are in for a very tough afternoon."
Cove have already got a taste of what it's like to overcome top Junior opposition this term
They beat Banks o' Dee - the leading side in the north-east at that level - 4-1 in Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup final at the start of this month.
Talbot also beat Dee, however, in the last round of the Scottish Cup too book their trip to Balmoor.
They also won 2-1 away to Highland side Wick Academy in the earlier rounds - and are the current holders of the Scottish Junior Cup, a trophy no Aberdeen side has won since 1957.
Eric said: "It's great that we managed to beat Banks o'Dee, but this will be a big step up.
"When you look at Talbot's record, there is no doubt they would easily compete at the top end of the Highland League.
"The big Ayrshire Junior sides would also fancy their chances of doing well in the Scottish League too.
"They tend to be well funded, with great set-ups and usually have a large and very loyal fan base.
"This tie could be among the toughest games we face all season."