HARRY HAPPY PLAYERS WHO HELPED COVE RANGERS GET UP LAST TERM ARE SHOWING THEY CAN COMPETE IN SPFL
DETERMINED: Cove Rangers defender Harry Milne would love to stop Stenhousemuir finding the net tomorrow.
COVE Rangers defender Harry Milne is eager to shut out Stenhousemuir when we visit Ochilview Park on Ladbrokes League Two business tomorrow.
We travel south three points clear at the top of the table and hoping to complete the first quarter of the league campaign undefeated.
Left-back Harry would also like to make it a successive hat-trick of league clean sheets, on the back of the 2-0 victory at Elgin City and 3-0 triumph over Annan Athletic last weekend.
“We’ve been scoring a lot of goals this season but also conceded a few, mainly down to defensive mistakes,” said Harry.
“That’s why it’s really positive to be going into this weekend’s game on the back of two where we kept clean sheets.
“We are always working to improve and that includes being a lot more solid at the back.
“The manager has been stressing that on the training ground, things like when it’s best to press up the park and when it might be best to be a bit more cautious, about getting the right balance between attacking and defending.
“None of us were happy to see the efforts of the guys up front getting almost undone in some games because of what was happening at the back.
“We are far happier with what we did in the last two games, that’s for sure.
“Hopefully we can defend well again this weekend too because we know we are in for a very tough game.
“The chance to be undefeated after the first quarter of the league campaign is also a big incentive.
“That would be an incredible achievement when you consider this is our first season playing at SPFL level.
“What we’ve done already is way beyond what we were expecting before the season started.
“We were always confident we would be able to compete, even more so when we saw the quality of the players who have been brought in since the summer.
“But I doubt if any of us thought we would be sitting where we are right now.”
The majority of the squad, like Harry, helped Cove win the Highland League title and promotion last term.
He’s delighted he and his mates have shown they can more than hold their own at the higher level - but says it is only because all of them knew they would have to up their game.
Harry said: “It was always going to happen because there is a strong winning mentality in this squad.
“Those of us who were involved last season are determined to make sure we don’t drop back down into the Highland League.
“It’s why we have probably trained harder than we’ve ever done before over the last few months.
“I like to think we were the fittest side in the Highland League anyway, but I certainly feel even fitter than I was then.
“No disrespect to the teams in the Highland League but there isn’t the same intensity to the games there as there has been in League Two.
“We’ve all had to raise our fitness levels to make sure we can compete, there is never a week when we can think it’s more than likely we will win, which was the case on some occasions last season.
“We are also our own worst critics.
“Nobody needs to tell any of us if we’ve had a bad game.
“We will go away angry and make a point of going over things with the coaching staff in an effort to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
“All of us want to keep improving so that we have more chance of helping continue our strong start to the season.”