GOAL-DEN BOY JORDON PRAISED BY BOSS SHERAN AFTER NARROW BUT DESERVED VICTORY AT THE HAUGHS
WINNING STRIKE:Jordon Brown(partially hidden by Mitch Megginson(9)) slots home Cove's goal in the 1-0 victory over Turriff United at The Haughs.
COVE Rangers goal grabber Jordon Brown has been applauded for the part he played in the 1-0 away victory over Turriff United in the Breedon Highland League.
Jordon netted during the first half to decide what was at times a tense tussle at The Haughs and ensure Cove remain five points clear of Fraserburgh - and six ahead of Brora Rangers - at the top of the table.
The goal also made it three in two games for the the former Aberdeen and Peterhead player and brought his tally so far this season to 11, which clearly delighted manager John, who said: "I was very pleased to see Jordon score the goal that won the match for us.
"He played very well throughout the game, Jordon's work rate was excellent and he took his goal really well.
"He knows he could probably have a scored a couple more as well, but his goal came on the back of the two in our previous game, so things are going very well for Jordon at the moment.
"Having said that, he alsoknows he needs to maintain high standards, especially with some of our players who have been injured on the way back."
Among those on the mend is veteran striker Paul McManus.
John confirmed the 35 year old is expected to return to full training this week after almost four months out with an Achilles' tendon injury.
The and former Raith Rovers man could make the squad for Saturday's home league clash with Inverurie Locos.
But it's likely John will stick with close to the same starting line-up that won at Turriff because he is delighted with the return he got from the players in what is traditionally a tough fixture for Cove.
John said: "You never get an easy game at Turriff so, despite the narrow scoreline, I was very pleased with our performance.
"We played some good football and created a number of chances.
"Unfortunately it was one of those afternoons when the ball just didn't fall to the right people for us to make the most of those opportunities.
"Turriff's keeper was also in inspired form to ensure the winning margin wasn't a bit more comfortable, so we can be happy with our efforts.
"Even more so because we were able to record another clean sheet.
"That was down to some very strong and organised defending, I don't recall Stuart McKenzie having to make even one significant save.
"Having said that, Turriff deserve a lot of credit for their approach to the game.
"They worked tremendously hard and were a danger at set pieces, we had to be at the top of our game to compete with them in those situations.
"Overall though, I feel we were the better side and more than earned our victory."
ON THE MEND: Cove striker Paul McManus could make the squad for the league clash with Inverurie Locos.