MITCH PLEASED WITH GOAL-DEN STRIKE THAT EARNED COVE NARROW VICTORY AT PRINCESS ROYAL PARK
GET IN THERE: Mitch Megginso's long range shot beats Deveronvale keeper Robbie Mutch to give Cove Rangers a 1-0 victory in Banff.
COVE Rangers striker Mitch Megginson is delighted with the goal he scored to see off the defensive resistance of Deveronvale at Banff.
Mitch pounced on a pass from midfielder Grant Campbell then lashed a 25-yard shot into the corner of the net to give Cove a 1-0 victory and keep them on top of the Breedon Highland League.
Mitch admitted the strike wasn't the sweetest he has ever hit but the fact it decided what was a very tight game made it extra special to him.
"I live by the motto if you don't shoot, you don't score," said Mitch, who has now netted 41 times in all competitions for Cove this season.
"It took about 40 bobbles on the turf before it went in, but they all count.
"It was all about making sure we got the three points, so that underlined the value of the goal.
"Deveronvale deserve credit for making it difficult for us but we enjoyed the bulk of the possession and created a lot of chances so I feel the victory was well deserved.
"Some teams might have got anxious because the goal hadn't come as we moved into the latter stages but not us.
"We are always confident we have good enough players to eventually get us what we want and that's how things worked out.
"It wasn't the prettiest of performances, it was hard to play at our very best because the pitch was bumpy and it was also very windy.
"But there are times when you need to just stick in and grind out results and this was one of those occasions."
The Cove striker praised Grant Campbell, who was making only his second start after close to a ŷear sidelined by a career-threatening knee injury, for the part he played in the goal and the victory.
"He had a great second half and the pass in the lead up to the goal was perfectly weighted," said Mitch.
"It's a massive boost to see Grant back and playing so well.
"He was our best player last season before he suffered that knee injury, some of his performances were just phenomenal."
Mitch claimed he was unaware of how nearest rivals Brora Rangers, who won 5-1 at Lossiemouth, we're getting on until after Cove's own game.
He said: "It's always been like that for us.
"We look upwards and onwards, not at what is gong on behind us.
"We know winning the title is in our own hands and all the pressure is on Brora.
"But that could change quickly if we failed to stay focussed on our own games and started to worry about other results."
Cove get a break from league business when they face Wick Academy at Balmoral Stadium next Saturday in the Semi-Final of the Highland League Cup.
Mitch said: "It's a game we are all looking forward to, although we know it will be tough.
"We are all in the game to maybe reach cup finals and get winners' medals but the Wick lads will be just as eager to do that as we are.
"I reckon it could be a cracking cup tie and I'm pleased it's at our place because we've been very strong at Balmoral so far this season."
Supporters are reminded that Saturday's cup tie kicks off at the earlier time of 2.30pm.