PROMOTION WITH COVE RANGERS WOULD BE ‘PINNACLE ‘ OF MY CAREER, ADMITS TOP SCORER MITCH
THE OPENER: Mitch Megginson scores the first of his two goals against East Kilbride.
COVE Rangers striker Mitch Megginson says helping the club make history over the next two weeks would be the highlight of his playing career.
Mitch played in Europe and a host of other big games when he was at Aberdeen, was capped seven times for Scotland at youth level and has also won two Highland League titles and several cups since joining Cove in 2016.
But the 26-year-old confessed all of that would be eclipsed if Cove manage to beat Berwick Rangers in the SPFL Pyramid Play-off final to become the first Highland side to earn promotion up into League Two.
“It would top the lot, definitely be the pinnacle of my career,” said Mitch, who scored twice in Cove’s 3-0 victory over East Kilbride at Balmoral Stadium in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
“The prospect of getting promotion with Cove was one of the main reasons why I signed for the club.
“Everyone knows I’ve been a fan of the club since I was child, so actually helping Cove get up into League Two really would be something else.
“Even more so because I know how much it would mean to all the people at the club who have been working for years in the hope that could be achieved.
“They deserve to see that happen and I can promise them we will be going all out in the next two games to try and make it happen.”
The first leg of the final is at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday, with the return at Berwick’s Shielfield Park a week later.
Having lost last season’s final to Cowdenbeath, there is no chance of Mitch, or anyone else at Cove, treating Berwick lightly.
But the Cove forward is pleased they are going into their showdown on the back of an impressive performance against East Kilbride.
He said: “it means we will be facing Berwick in a confident mood, which is important.
“You don’t want to be going into games as huge as these ones when you aren’t playing well.
“But we still have to be wary and show Berwick the respect they deserve.
“It would be foolish and dangerous to do anything else when you are about to take on a League Two side.
“Having said that, we are confident we are good enough to beat them, if we didn’t think that there would be no point in us turning up.”
The double Mitch netted against East Kilbride brought his tally for the season to 48, but he was quick to highlight the help he received from his team-mates.
“It was nice to get the two goals but it really was a team effort,” said Mitch.
“Everyone did what had been asked of them and I felt we were always in control of the game.
“Our game management was different class, through sheer hard work we never offered East Kilbride any real hope that they might recover from losing to us in the first leg.
“It was the same in the first game, it was about being a solid unit and working together to make sure we got past opponents who were far better than anyone we faced in the Highland League this season.”
Mitch also applauded midfield duo Blair Yule and Connor Scully for the parts they played in ensuring Cove advanced to the final 5-1 on aggregate.
“They made things a lot easier for the rest of us,” he said.
“It’s amazing the amount of work they put in getting up and down the park and the two of them have been doing that all season.
“Connor was also voted player of the year by the rest of us, you don’t get that in this team for nothing.
“He deserved that award because he’s been outstanding since the first game of the season and is still maintaining high standards at the other end of the campaign, which is remarkable.
“Connor has been our top player, that’s for sure, hopefully he will be able to keep up the good work in our remaining two games as well.”