Cove need to rack up the points to stay top during fixture pile-up

Ryan Strachan

Ryan Strachan believes Cove Rangers need to put as many points on the board as possible in the next few weeks before they encounter a potential fixture pile-up.

The Aberdeen side travel to Banff for their clash with Deveronvale tomorrow.

It will be their first league game since December 2.

Cove are three points clear of Inverurie Locos at the top of the table having played four games less.

But after postponements due to bad weather in recent weeks, combined with progress to the semi-finals of the Aberdeenshire Shield and the fourth round of the Scottish Cup, this could result in John Sheran’s side having a backlog later in the campaign.

Strachan reckons it is important they put plenty of points on the board in the next few weeks – starting against Vale tomorrow.

The midfielder said: “We are going to have a busy schedule soon with all the games that have been off.

“So if we can just keep putting points on the board the teams beside us won’t catch us.”

Strachan is confident ahead of the game with the Banffers and added: “We’ll fancy our chances, we’ve played them a few times this season and we know what to expect.

“A lot of teams are sitting in against us now.

“They maybe feel that is the best way to go, but we’ll just go up there with our game plan and hopefully get three points.”

Cove are buoyed by beating Formartine United in the second round of the Shield in extra-time on Wednesday.

Strachan believes they showed a lot of spirit to come through that encounter.

He said: “The boys have got character. We have been winning all season and winning well.

“There is no lack of character, there are some big names in that dressing room and we did well to take the set-back, re-group and turn it round.”

Deveronvale boss Steve Dolan said: “We’ve played them twice and they’ve beaten us twice.

“We’re under no illusions as to how tough it will be.

“They beat us in the Aberdeenshire Cup semi-final 5-0, so we’ll see if we’ve learned our lessons from it. We’ll play our own game, I might tinker with one or two things because it is a different level of opposition.

“They’ll start as big favourites but we’ll play our own game and see where it takes us.”