HIGHLAND HERO: Mitch Megginson celebrates scoring for Cove Rangers in their Betfred Cup clash with Inverness Caley Thistle.

COVE Rangers striker Jimmy Scott is disappointed his late strike in the 3-2 defeat by Inverness Caley Thistle in the Betfred League Cup wasn’t allowed to stand.
Jimmy was delighted when he thought he had made it 3-3 after stroking the ball home from close range in the fourth minute of injury-time.
But his joy quickly turned to despair when one of the referee’s assistants ruled Jimmy had handled the ball before scoring.
“It was very disappointing because I didn’t handle the ball,” said Jimmy.
“Jordon Brown did well to make a block on one of their defenders and the ball then hit me on the chest, near my shoulder, before I slotted it home.
“The referee was unsighted so had to go with what his assistant said, but the goal should have stood.
“It’s a real shame because a draw was the least we deserved for the way we had played right through the game.
“The boys all stepped up to the plate and made it very difficult for Inverness.
“The manager wanted us to go virtually man-for-man to knock them off their stride and stop Inverness playing their normal passing game.
“We did that and created more chances than they did, so it was harsh that we didn’t get more from the game.”
Cove conclude their Betfred Cup Group D campaign with a home clash against Raith Rovers on Saturday, 3pm.
Jimmy confessed they would love to get a win that would see them leapfrog over the Kirkcaldy side and avoid finishing in bottom spot.
“The group table doesn’t tell the true story of our campaign,” he said.
“We could easily have won all three of the games played so far if we had been a bit luckier.
“Peterhead beat us 2-1 but we hit the crossbar twice in the second half and we also struck the woodwork in the 0-0 draw against Dundee.
“We could so easily have taken more from the game in Inverness as well, so we should be going into the meeting with Raith Rovers feeling we can make it difficult for them.
“Another tough game will also be good for us as we prepare for our first League Two game the following week.
“It’s important we get our fitness levels as high as possible and there is no better way to do that than having to compete with teams from higher divisions.”

BIG BLOW: Cove Rangers midfielder Connor Scully was stretchered off during the Betfred Cup clash with Inverness Caley Thistle.

There’s good news on midfielder Connor Scully, who was stretchered off in Inverness after suffering an ankle injury.
He was taken to hospital in Inverness for some precautionary X-Rays which confirmed no bones were broken, although Connor has been left with heavy bruising and is a doubt for the meeting with Raith.