Cove Rangers resolved after end of Highland League run – with Huntly up next

Daniel Park in action for Cove.
Daniel Park in action for Cove.

Daniel Park says Cove Rangers are determined to put right their first league loss of the season by reaching the Highland League Cup semi-final.

The Highland League champions face Huntly at the Balmoral Stadium tomorrow.

After 16 wins from 16 in the league, the run ended last Saturday with a 1-0 defeat to Fraserburgh.

However, Park says they have put that behind them as they look to see off the Black and Golds in the cup quarter final.

The attacker said: “In a way the loss last week has taken some pressure off because before everyone was speaking about can Cove go unbeaten? But we’ve lost and everyone has reacted well and we’ve had a couple of good training sessions and we’re looking forward to Saturday.

“We want to put things right, last Saturday wasn’t the best game. Fraserburgh put in so much effort and made it hard for us.

“It seems like their biggest game of the season playing against us and it was disappointing not to win.

“But if you’d offered any team in the league the start to the season that we’ve had they would have bitten your hand off.

“We’re looking forward to playing Huntly and hopefully we can put things right.

“We want to respond, we play to win and last Saturday didn’t go our way so we want get back to winning ways.

“There were a few things went against us last Saturday, but we’re looking forward to this game putting things right.

“We’re playing at home and teams often struggle to make it a battle at Balmoral because the pitch is big so it’s tough to restrict space.”

Huntly boss Martin Skinner is looking for a reaction after they lost 4-0 at home to Inverurie Locos last weekend.

The Christie Park gaffer wants to see his side cut out individual mistakes and ill- discipline – with Gary McGowan red carded in the first half against Locos.

Skinner said: “We played well and kept the ball well at times.

“But individual errors have to stop and getting a player sent off after 20 minutes doesn’t help.

“We’ll look for much of the same when it comes to keeping the ball, but a few individuals will have to prove their worth.

“Hopefully we’ll get a reaction from the squad and it’s a great game for us to test ourselves against the best after a defeat.

“We’ll look to cut out the individual errors. I’ve got faith and if we do keep the ball we can win and if we cut out the individual errors hopefully we can give them a game.”