Cove Rangers keep Highland League run going but twin injury blows take gloss off victory

Cove manager John Sheran.

Cove Rangers beat Brora Rangers 1-0 on Saturday to preserve their unbeaten Highland League run.

But boss John Sheran was disappointed as they have suffered two injury blows ahead of the League Two play-offs.

In Saturday’s game, which was won by a Paul McManus goal, Ryan Strachan damaged his ankle for the Highland League champions.

And midfielder Grant Campbell, who has missed their last few games, has a cruciate ligament injury.

Sheran said: “We keep chopping and changing and rotating to protect boys as much as we can.

“But Ryan Strachan picked up an ankle injury – that was something we hoped wouldn’t happen.

“It’s too early to say yet how bad it is. “But when you play competitive games against decent teams it’s always hard. “We have three games to go now that we’ve just got to get through.

“Grant has a cruciate ligament injury and he has an operation booked on April 27.

“It is a blow for us because Grant has been one of our big performers.

“The frustrating thing is that he’s out and it’s now up to the other guys to step forward and do the business.”

On Saturday Cove also found out their opposition in the play-off semi-final as Spartans pipped East Kilbride to the Lowland League title.

Sheran added: “We’ve had a look at both Spartans and East Kilbride already.

“We’ll do a bit of extra homework on Spartans now we know we’re playing them.

“But I still believe when it comes to these games it’s about what we do and not what they do. We need to make sure we play to our best.

“Now we know our opposition we’ve just got to prepare for them and be ready for April 28 when it comes.”