SCULLY APPLAUDED FOR DIGGING DEEP TO DO HIS BIT FOR COVE IN BATTLE WITH BRORA
MIDFIELD BATTLER: Cove Rangers' Connor Scully was the stand out performer in the 0-0 draw with Brora Rangers at Balmoral Stadium.
COVE Rangers boss John Sheran has praised midfielder Connor Scully for playing through the pain barrier in their 0-0 Breedon Highland League draw with Brora Rangers.
Scully badly bruised one of his feet during the build-up to the clash with Brora, who lead Cove at the top of the table on goal difference, having played two games more.
But Scully told his manager there was no way he was missing such a crucial game - and ended up being voted sponsors' man of the match.
John said: "it really was a remarkable effort from Connor because he was in a lot of pain before and throughout the game.
"But he made it clear he could deal with a bit of discomfort if we needed him to play and put in an excellent performance at the heart of what I felt was a very good team display.
"Brora really came at us for the first 20 minutes or so and are definitely the best side we have played in the Highland League this season.
"Our players handled that and went on to perform at a very high level from then on.
"We were a little frustrated at the end not to have all three points because we created the best opportunities.
"The fact their goalkeeper was their best performer underlines just how well we did for the majority of the game.
"The players set a high standard to ensure we are still in a strong position to keep the pressure on Brora as we move into the crucial part of the league campaign.
"We still have 11 games - a third of the season - to play, so there is a still a lot of hard work to be done.
"It's now up to the players to repeat the standards they showed against Brora if we want to get to where we want to be in the weeks ahead."
Jordon Brown suffered an ankle knock and is now a doubt for Saturday's visit to Lossiemouth.
But that is countered by the fact veteran striker Paul McManus, who had been out injured for four months, came through his 70 minute appearance against Brora unscathed.
Manager John said: "It's a boost having a player as talented and experienced as Paul back at this point of the season.
"It was also pleasing that we had Sam Burnett and Grant Campbell, who had also been out with long term injuries, fit and available on the bench.
"The increased competition for starting places is also a good thing as as we move towards what will be a busy and challenging stage of the campaign."