REDS MAKES RALLYING CALL TO COVE RANGERS TEAM-MATES IN WAKE OF FIRST LEAGUE LOSS OF CAMPAIGN
MOTIVATED: Cove Rangers defender is eager to see them bounce back quickly after losing to Frasrburgh.
COVE Rangers defender Alan Redford is confident they can bounce back immediately from suffering their first Breedon Highland League defeat of the season.
A goal inside the first 30 seconds, from Scott Barbour, was enough to give Fraserburgh a 1-0 win at Bellslea and prevent Cove recording what would have been their 17th league victory on the trot since the start of the campaign.
Veteran campaigner Alan admitted he's upset to have dropped points for the first time but also determined to see Cove get back to winning ways immediately when they entertain his old club Huntly at Balmoral Stadium in the Highland League Cup on Saturday.
"We are not a side that enjoys the experience of losing," said Alan, who has won the League Cup twice since moving to Cove from Christie Park in 2010.
"The best thing to get it out of your system when it does happen is to go out in the next match even more determined to get a good result with a better performance.
"We've always tended to get back on track quickly after defeats in the past and hopefully that will be the case again.
"It's good that next match is in the League Cup, it's the cup every Highland player wants to do well in because it's the most competitive of all.
"If you want to win it you have to get the better of the teams up north as well as the ones in Aberdeenshire.
"It's definitely the most prestigious of them all and it meant a lot to me to win it in the past.
"We are still a long way from being at that stage though.
"Huntly will have their own ambitions to do well and will come to Balmoral determined to come out on top.
"We never take any opponents for granted and know we will have to do better than we did at Fraserburgh if we want to get to the next round."
Cove had midfielder Blair Yule sent off in the match at Fraserburgh, which was littered by controversial decisions made by the referee Dan McFarlane.
Alan conceded Cove were never at their very best but he feels they still deserved to take something from the match, despite having to play with 10 men for the final 23 minutes.
He said: "We were all pretty disappointed with our performance in the first half.
"We weren't really at it for the first 20 minutes and made it difficult for ourselves by losing that early goal.
"But once we settled down we were a wee bit more like we usually are.
"Our second half performance was certainly a lot better and we created chances.
"We've played a lot poorer against Fraserburgh in the past and still got something from the games, so we felt a bit hard done by on this occasion.
"It's time to move on now though.
"It would have been great to get that 17th win, but it wasn't to be.
"But if it goes as well for us in the next 16 league games as it did in the first 16 we will be more than happy."