DREAM TEAM: Manager Paul Hartley and his staff during the win over Elgin City.

COVE Rangers captain Mitch Megginson says manager Paul Hartley and his coaching team deserve credit for the parts they have played to help us compete at the top of Ladbrokes League Two this season.
Last weekend’s 2-0 victory over Elgin City at Balmoral Stadium meant we will go into the New Year two points ahead of second placed Edinburgh City.
Mitch believes that would not have happened without the hard work done behind the scenes by the manager, assistant boss Gordon Young and their support team of coaches Tam Ritchie, John McCafferty and  Gary Hake, video analyst Chris Napier and physios Donal Gallacher and Eilidh McGregor.
Mitch said: “We are all delighted to be in the position we are at the moment.
“If someone had offered us that at the start of the season we would have grabbed it with both hands.
“It’s testament to the way all of the boys have played and also to the excellent work done by the management team to ensure we are properly briefed and prepared ahead of every match.
“They only have a short time, two training sessions a week, to work with us and I know I speak on behalf of all of the players when I say they really do an amazing job.
“It’s certainly on a par with, and in some aspects better than, what I  experienced when I was a full-time footballer.
“It’s thanks to them that we have been able to get up to speed right away in our first season playing at League Two level.
“There is, of course, still a long way to go.
“We have all seen how quickly things can change for teams if they, for whatever reasons, fail to maintain the high standards that helped get them into a strong position in the first place.
“That is emphasised to us by the coaching team all of the time.
“Edinburgh City are hot on our tails so we know we can’t afford to take anything for granted.
“It’s the old cliche about taking things one game at a time.”

GRATEFUL: Cove Rangers captain Mitch Megginson.