Cove must stay focused on retaining Highland League Cup at Harlaw

Cove’s Mitch Megginson.

Cove striker Mitch Megginson insists his side must retain full focus when they face Rothes tomorrow.

The Aberdeen outfit take on the Speysiders at Harlaw Park in the first round of the Highland League Cup.

Cove lifted the Aberdeenshire Shield on Tuesday with a 5-2 win over Banks o’ Dee with Megginson netting a double to take his tally to 41 for the season.

Tomorrow the Highland League leaders start their campaign to win another trophy.

Megginson says they can’t be distracted after their midweek success as they look to defend the League Cup.

He said: “It was good to get 40 and 41 goals, but the most important thing was getting the win.

“We’ve got another big game tomorrow in the Highland League Cup to focus on. We want to win every game, we’ve got a winning mentality and we don’t want to lose that.

“We always go out to try to win every game we play, and I think we’ve got a confidence and a belief in the squad that we can beat anybody on our day.

“It’s about how we apply ourselves and how we perform.”

Megginson won’t be taking eighth-placed Rothes lightly as they almost ended Cove’s unbeaten run in the league at Mackessack Park in October with Eric Watson’s injury-time equaliser earning Cove a point.

Megginson added: “When we played them up there the pitch wasn’t the best and we couldn’t get the ball down and pass it.

“But the pitch at Harlaw Park is better, but they are a good team and we’ll have to be at our best to win.”

Elsewhere in the League Cup first round, Forres Mechanics face Deveronvale at Mosset Park.

In the Highland League, second-placed Fraserburgh play Lossiemouth at Bellslea. Keith host Nairn County at Kynoch Park and Clachnacuddin play Wick Academy.