Cove will make changes in bid to storm Fort and clinch win tonight

John Sheran.
John Sheran.

Cove Rangers boss John Sheran will ring the changes tonight to get another three Highland League points on the board against Fort William.

The Granite City side travel to Claggan Park for a rearranged fixture looking to extend their lead over closest challengers Brora to six points.

After drawing 1-1 away to the Cattachs on Saturday to strike a huge blow in the title race, Sheran won’t allow any slip-ups against basement side Fort.

He plans to utilise the depth of his squad for another long away trip.

Sheran said: “We’ll have to. We’ll decide who’s fit and ready to go.

“We’ve got to think about Saturday against Wick (who visit the Balmoral Stadium) as well, because they’ve no game during the week.

“It’s a disadvantage to have two long trips and two games, when they’ve just got the one game.

“We’ll make some changes to freshen it up, there’s no question about that.”

Cove, who have four league games left after tonight, have all of their players back to fitness at the business end of the campaign.

Their stated aim is to retain the league crown and have another crack at reaching the Scottish leagues via the play-offs, where they narrowly missed out last season.

Sheran said: “We’ve got plenty of options all over and cover in midfield, defence and attack now.

“All the injured guys are fit again. On Saturday we had Darryn Kelly fit at the back and still had Grant Campbell to bring on.

“The likes of Alan Redford will get a rest, as we don’t want to push him too hard at his age.

“There are a few aches and pains and knocks, as you would expect.

“By 8pm tonight, they’ll be ready to go again.

“No game’s ever a given, but we’ve got to go and turn in a half decent performance, which should be enough for us.”

Sheran’s team won’t slip into the trap of thinking the league is won after their result at Dudgeon Park on Saturday.

He knows their rivals will be looking for a way to reel Cove back in – and he’s determined they won’t give them a chance by dropping points at Fort William.

Sheran said: “We’ll be making sure they know the only thing that’s acceptable now is winning.

“People are wanting to hand us the title, but we haven’t won it yet.

“Everyone will be desperate for us to lose tonight or drop points, so we’ve got to make sure we don’t.”

Elsewhere tonight, Formartine United meet Strathspey Thistle at North Lodge Park and Clachnacuddin visit Rothes.