Cove Rangers keen for match to go ahead as fixture backlog building up

John Sheran.

Unless there is an improvement in the weather, tomorrow’s Highland League card could be wiped out.

That is bad news for league leaders Cove Rangers, who have a fixture backlog.

With Wednesday’s match against Brora Rangers postponed the Aberdeen team have 12 league games to play by April 14 and they are also still in the Highland League Cup.

Cove boss John Sheran said they will pull out all the stops to try to get tomorrow’s game against Rothes at Harlaw Park on.

He said: “We’re dependent on not having any more hard frost.

“We believe the pitch is playable underneath the snow at Harlaw Park.

“It was on Wednesday night, but we’ll keep checking it.

“But the plan is to leave the snow and then clear it on Saturday morning.”

Cove were keen to move Wednesday’s game to Tuesday but Brora would not travel.

Sheran’s side had looked at playing the game at Fraserburgh’s Bellslea.

Peterhead hosted Clyde on the same night, which suggests the Bellslea pitch would have been playable.

Sheran added: “We could have had a game on Tuesday night, but Brora refused to travel.

“The pitch was playable at Fraserburgh and Peterhead played a few miles down the road so we could have played at Fraserburgh.

“The pitch at Inverurie might even have been playable on Tuesday night.

“We are endeavouring to get the games played anywhere we can get them played.

“We’ll do everything we can to play the game (tomorrow) and then we just have to take it one game at a time after that.”

Cove beat Rothes 4-1 last Saturday in the League Cup first round, but Sheran expects a tough game tomorrow.

He said: “We need to turn in another really good performance.

“From our point of view it’s a game that we just need to go out there and get the job done.

“it doesn’t matter if it’s pretty or ugly, whatever it is we’ve just got to get the job done. “But there’s no doubt Rothes will make it very difficult for us.”

Turriff v Inverurie, Clachnacuddin v Fraserburgh, Buckie v Forres, Deveronvale v Lossiemouth, Brora v Keith and Nairn v Fort William all look set to fall foul of the weather.

Huntly v Formartine and Strathspey v Wick will be postponed so Strathspey and Huntly can attempt to play their League Cup first round tie at Seafield park.