CLUB CAPTAIN MITCH THRILLED BY PROSPECT OF LEADING COVE RANGERS IN FIRST EVER FIXTURE IN LEAGUE TWO
TEAM LEADER: Cove Rangers club captain Mitchell Megginson.
COVE Rangers skipper Mitch Megginson admits wearing the armband in the club’s debut match in League Two would be huge honour for him.
Ex-Aberdeen striker Mitch was a ball boy at Cove games as a youngster and was also the mascot at the testimonial match for his father - Mike - who also played up front for the club.
So he’s understandably thrilled to have gone from those thrills as a youngster to the brink of leading Cove out for Saturday’s League Two opener against Edinburgh City at Balmoral Stadium.
“It would mean an awful lot to me,” said Mitch, who isn’t taking selection for granted after seeing Cove beat Raith Rovers 3-0 in the Betfred League Cup while he was serving a one match suspension.
“It’s what the club has been gearing up for and was one of the main reasons why I jumped at the opportunity to sign for Cove.
“The aim from the first day was to do all that I could to help eventually get us into League Two.
“It was about making a bit of history for Cove and I’m as excited as anyone by the prospect of playing in their first ever game in League Two.
“Even more so because, if I’m picked, I will have the honour of leading the boys out, which would be a proud moment for me and for my family.”
Mitch was quick to add it’s important they as a team don’t get caught up in the inevitable hype around the fact we are the first Highland League side to have earned promotion up into the SPFL via the Pyramid Play-off System.
“We have to be fully focussed now because this is when the really hard work begins,” he said.
“The pre-season has all been about making sure we are as fit as we possibly can be to compete in League Two because we aren’t kidding ourselves, we know we face a huge challenge.
“It’s also been about getting used to our new manager and how he wants us to play.
“Hopefully we will be able to show we have managed to do that, but we won’t be taking anything for granted.
“Edinburgh City are one of the strongest sides in our division and were unfortunate not to get promoted last season.
“We are going into the game with confidence because we feel we did pretty well in our four Betfred League Cup ties, despite being short on numbers because of injuries and boys being away.
“We ran every team close and finished things off with a deserved victory over Raith Rovers.
“I was forced to watch that one and the boys were pretty impressive.
“We played some great football and scored three top quality goals.
“But that’s gone now, it’s what happens in the next game that counts.
“We are fortunate our first league game is at home, where we’ve had a pretty strong record so far.
“If we want to do well in League Two we are going to have to pick up as many points as we can at Balmoral, use playing there on a pitch we are more familiar with to our advantage.
“If we don’t then it could get tough because winning points on the road is going to be really hard when you look at the quality of some of the sides we are going to be up against.
“Edinburgh City in particular will be hard for us to overcome.
“I kept an eye on their results last season and admired the way they played and dominated games.
“It was a surprise to everyone to see them just fall short of gaining promotion.
“That will only make them more determined to make that final step this season, we know this game will give us a true idea of the standards we are going have to be at if we are to have any hope of doing well in our league campaign.”