STRIKER MITCH APPRECIATES COVE RANGERS HELPING HIM CELEBRATE NETTING A CENTURY OF GOALS FOR THE CLUB
PRIZE GUY: Cove Rangers chairman Keith Moorhouse presents Mitch Megginson with a trophy to mark the fact he has now passed the 100 goal mark with the club.
MITCH Megginson has thanked Cove Rangers for recognising his achievement of scoring 100 goals for the club.
Club chairman Keith Moorhouse presented a special trophy to the 25 year old striker after Saturday's 1-0 victory over Inverurie Locos at Balmoral Stadium in the Breedon Highland League.
"It was a really nice gesture by the club," said Mitch, whose strike against Locos was actually his 114th for Cove in all competitions.
"It's typical of the way everyone at the club treats the players.
"They really can't do enough for us and have made playing for Cove one of the most enjoyable experiences I've had in my career.
"Everything is done professionally but there is also a real family feel about the place.
"It makes you eager to deliver your very best in the hope of rewarding the efforts of the chairman, secretary Duncan Little and everyone else who works so hard on our behalf with some more success."
Mitch is delighted to have moved closer to the total of 147 goals his father, Mike, netted during his 13 seasons playing for Cove.
They are the first father and son in the club's history to have both passed the century mark.
Mike and his wife, Lorna, were guests of the club at the Locos game to see their son presented with his trophy.
Scoring 114 times, in just two and half seasons, is no mean achievement but former Aberdeen player Mitch knows he could never have done that without the support of his team-mates.
"I say that all of the time," added Mitch.
"From Stu (keeper Stuart McKenzie) at the back right through to to those who play up front with me, they have all been phenomenal."
The victory over Locos means Cove go into Saturday's away clash with Fort William still five points clear of Fraserburgh at the top of the table.
Mitch said: "We are very happy with that because we knew Locos would give us a very tough game.
"They have one of the best strikers in the league in Neil Gauld and our lads at the back were forced to work hard to ensure he didn't do any damage.
"It was also to Locos' credit that they restricted the amount of chances we had, the one I scored was about the only one I got in the whole match.
"The other clubs battling for the title would have been hoping to see us slip up, so it's good that we did enough to eventually claim all three points."
Fort are foot of the table and have suffered some heavy defeats already this term but Mitch says Cove will be heading over to Lochaber expecting to have to work for any victory.
He said: "I have the utmost respect for everyone involved at Fort William.
"It can't be easy for them turning up and being left disappointed most weeks.
"But that's what they do and they also go out there and do their very best for their club.
"That's why we will approach the clash with them as we would if we were playing a team at the top end of the table.
"To do anything else really would be disrespectful."
Veteran striker Paul McManus came on for Mitch in the latter stages of the Locos game.
It was the 36 year old's first appearance after four months out with a heel injury and Mitch is delighted to see him back.
"It means the other strikers will have to maintain high standards if they want to stay in the team ahead of Paul," he said.
"He's a great player and it's a huge boost to have Paul back at this stage of the season.
PROUD PARENTS: Lorna and Mike Megginson with their son Mitch and his trophy.
GOAL MACHINE: Mitch Megginson (9) grabs the late winner for Cove against Inveurie Locos.