SCOTT NOT SEEKING ANY FAVOURS AS COVE LOOK TO KEEP PRESSURE ON BRORA AT TOP OF THE TABLE
FOCUSED: Cove Rangers defender Scott Ross
COVE Rangers defender Scott Ross has reminded his team-mates the ball is still very much in their court in the race for the Breedon Highland League title.
Cove trail table leaders Brora Rangers by two points - and on goal difference - going into Saturday's home clash with Nairn County.
But they also have two games in hand and a visit to Brora included in their remaining nine fixtures, so have the potential to come out on top without any help, something Scott is taking encouragement from.
"We don't need favours from anyone else," he said.
"If we can win the games we have left then we would win the league, no matter what Brora do from here on in."
Scott admitted the Cove players have taken a lot of encouragement out of their 0-0 draw with Formartine United at North Lodge Park in midweek.
He said: "You know you are always in for a proper game against Formartine.
"That's why we have to look at drawing with them at Pitmedden as a point gained.
"It's a tough place to go, as Brora will discover when they go there this weekend.
"But we aren't going to be looking at that match hoping Formartine might help us out.
"It's more vital that we concentrate on our own games and what we have to do if we want to finish ahead Brora.
"We know that will be far from an easy task.
"The way we have always dealt with challenges like that has been to look no further forward than the next game.
"We have to remain focussed on doing what's needed to get the three points off Nairn, only then can we begin to think about what comes after that."
Cove only managed a 1-0 win at Nairn earlier in the season and Scott is anticipating an equally close encounter at Balmoral.
"I'm expecting it to be another of those games when we might have to show a lot of patience," he said.
"Most of the teams who come to Balmoral tend to sit in and work hard to frustrate us.
"That will place the onus on us to maintain a high tempo and move the ball about in an effort to draw them out to create openings.
"It might not happen right away but if we stick at it hopefully we will come out on top, as we eventually have in the majority of our home games so far."
Cove have midfielder Connor Scully as a major injury doubt but Grant Campbell could make his first start after more than 11 months sidelined by a knee injury.
Manager John Sheran was also delighted to confirm defender Darryn Kelly is on the mend after missing the clash with Formartine because of a knee injury.
"Darryn has responded well to treatment which is great news," said John.
"He probably won't be ready to face Nairn but it's a boost having close to a full squad to pick from when we have several midweek matches coming up and need to keep the team as fresh as possible."
Fans are reminded that Cove Rangers are also at home to Rothes this coming Wednesday in the Breedon Highland League, 8pm.
That match replaces the scheduled visit to Fort William the same evening which has been postponed because of expected bad weather in the Lochaber area next week