Evening Express

Brown back to his best after head injury blow and looking to kick on with Cove against Turriff

Cove's Jordon Brown, right.

Cove Rangers’ Jordon Brown showed he’s back to his best in the midweek and now he’s looking to kick on against Turriff United in the Highland League.

Brown, 25, had his pre-season interrupted after a sickening collision with Aberdeen’s Andy Considine in a friendly at Balmoral Stadium.

The grand opening of Cove’s new home was abandoned as Brown, knocked unconscious, required 30 minutes of treatment on the pitch before being taken to hospital by ambulance.

Ex-Aberdeen and Peterhead player Brown spent weeks on the sidelines, but provided the moment of class – a flick over the top on to skipper Eric Watson’s head – which set up Cove’s extra-time winner over Formartine United in the Evening Express Aberdeenshire Cup on Wednesday.

When asked whether he’s back up to speed, Brown said: “Definitely yes, definitely.

“I played three games last week and this midweek to come on and help contribute with the boys is great.

“I’m feeling back at that standard I need to be at.”

Of his assist, he said: “I was trying to wind Eric up saying it was going in.

“But I was delighted to get the assist. It would’ve been good to score, but Eric’s done great to be up there and it’s a good header.”

Ahead of Turriff, where the reigning champions will be looking to maintain their 100% league record, he added: “I’m hoping to be playing and grab some goals.

“We’ve got to take each game as it comes and going into that it’s five clean sheets in a row now.

“It’s good to get that and we’re scoring some goals as well, so looking forward to it.”

The Shire Cup win over Formartine is valuable for two reasons. It gave Cove an early victory over a team who will want to challenge them for the league, and for an SPFL play-off place.

It also set up a semi-final against Deveronvale at Princess Royal Park.

Brown said: “It was hard fought.

“It’s good after it went all that way and all that effort in a midweek game – to lose wouldn’t have gone down well.

“It was great to get the win in the end.”

Hunter expects big challenge for young team

Kris Hunter thinks tomorrow’s match with Cove will help Turriff United “see where” their young team is at.

Hunter’s outfit take on the champions at the Balmoral Stadium.

They’ve gone well so far with their policy of promoting young players, winning three of their five league matches and reaching the semi-finals of the Aberdeenshire Cup in midweek.

However, Hunter is under no illusions about the challenge posed.

Kris Hunter.

He said: “Cove are the best team in the league at the moment, as they’ve shown with their results.

“To me we’re not playing a Highland League team we’re playing a Scottish League team with the quality of players they have.

“It’s going to be hard for us, because nobody’s got near them so far.

“They don’t concede a lot of goals and are very hard to play against in their new ground.

“It’s going to be tough.

“We’ll see how it goes with our young team.”

Cammy Bowden and David Ross are out for Turriff.