Evening Express

Cove ace Megginson wants to keep perfect score

Cove's Mitch Megginson. Picture by Kami Thomson.

Cove Rangers’ Mitch Megginson thinks the Highland champions now have even more goals in their forward line.

The Aberdeen side meet Inverurie Locos in the league at Harlaw Park tonight attempting to maintain their 100% start to the season – where they have yet to concede a goal.

Megginson already has five goals for the campaign, while strike partner Paul McManus has eight.

Eight more Cove players have scored once – and this is a trend Megginson, who netted more than 50 times last term, thinks can fuel a second straight Highland title and a play-off push to the Scottish leagues.

Megginson said: “If you can get everybody up to 30 (goals) – Paul McManus, me and Jordon (Brown) and other boys pitching in with 20 (goals) – it helps.

“Last season there was a bit of a gap between me and the next scorer.

“It’s good in a game when it’s 0-0 or when you’re needing a last-minute winner, you can rely on everyone, instead of one person.”

Locos sit fifth in the table with four wins in their opening six games, and Neil Cooper’s men will present a real test to John Sheran’s Cove.

Megginson is happy the matches continue to come thick and fast early in the season, and is looking forward to a big game against a team they beat home and away last term.

He said: “It’s better than training (playing Saturday and Wednesday), at least you get the games in.

“But it’ll be another tough one against Locos.

“Again it’s just to take every game as it comes and focus on recovery.”

Former Aberdeen player Megginson’s goalscoring credentials were well tested by Turriff United – particularly keeper Fraser Hobday – at the weekend in Cove’s 3-0 win.

The 26-year-old saw several chances saved, as well as having shots blocked after rounding Hobday twice.

Eventually, Megginson’s quality as one of the league’s most talented players told, as he rifled an effort past Hobday into the top corner at the death to round off the scoring.

Megginson said: “He (Fraser Hobday) had a great game. He made some excellent saves and there was maybe a bit of slackness from ourselves.

“We should have probably had about six with the chances we created.

“On another day they go in, but it’s good to get the three points.

“I felt I could have been there all week and not scored. It was just one of those days where nothing seemed to be finding the net. I think it (the third goal v Turra) was just a bit of frustration and a bit of anger and it just seemed to fly in.”

Elsewhere tonight, Fraserburgh travel to Deveronvale, Formartine United welcome Forres Mechanics, Fort William play Strathspey Thistle at home and Huntly meet Brora Rangers at Christie Park.

Buckie Thistle travel to Lossiemouth, Nairn County meet Rothes in Nairn, Keith visit Turriff United and Clachnacuddin take the trip up to Wick Academy.