YULE NOT GET IT EASY AGAINST LOCOS WARNS COVE RANGERS MIDFIELD MAESTRO BLAIR
WARY: Blair Yule knows Inverurie Locos will give Cove Rangers a tough game this weekend.
COVE Rangers midfielder Blair Yule has urged his team-mates to be ready for one of the toughest tests of the season when they take on Inverurie Locos tomorrow.
Locos visit Balmoral Stadium in the Breedon Highland League, in what is also Cove's first home fixture of 2019.
Cove will take encouragement from the fact they have still to concede a goal, never mind drop a point, at home in the league so far this season.
But Blair reckons if there is one team capable of spoiling Cove's perfect record on home soil it's Locos.
"This is one of the toughest league fixtures we have left," said Blair.
"Locos always give us a proper match, the one up at Harlaw Park earlier in the season was one of the hardest and most exhausting 90 minutes of the campaign so far.
"We won it 3-2 in the end, but Locos never give up and we had to keep going at it right to the final whistle.
"We will have to be right at again this week, that's for sure."
Blair is happy they are facing Locos on the back of making a positive start to the new year with a 1-0 victory over Turriff United at The Haughs last weekend.
Midfielder Jordon Brown scored the Cove goal in a game in which they were effective as opposed to impressive.
Blair said: "It wasn't pretty at times but we got the job done.
"You get games like that in this league, ones where it's more about effort and scrapping to win the points.
"You also have to be fair to Turriff, they put a lot of work in over the 90 minutes and we just had to make sure we matched that.
"It was different story the previous time we played them, even though they also worked hard in that one we won it pretty comfortably in the end.
"They probably had the bit between their teeth because of that one, so credit to Turriff for pushing us right to the wire this time.
"We still could and maybe should have scored more than one goal, but the important thing is we did enough to get the win we wanted."
Cove look set to be boosted by the return of veteran striker Paul McManus, who has been sidelined for the last four months because of injury.
The former Raith Rovers player is back in training and will be added to the squad to face Locos if there is no adverse reaction.