Evening Express

Highland: McManus on goal trail for champs Cove Rangers

Cove's Paul McManus, left Picture by Darrell Benns

Cove Rangers veteran hitman Paul McManus thinks he can still be as prolific as ever this season.

Despite the campaign barely having begun, McManus has already netted six times and the 35-year-old striker was the star at the Balmoral Stadium on Wednesday, despite Cove’s Irn-Bru Cup exit to League One side Montrose on penalties.

Of his scoring form, McManus said: “I think that’s six so far for the start of the season, and I’m delighted with that.

“But I’m not getting carried away. I’ll always get goals in this team playing with Mitch (Megginson) up front.

“As long as I keep myself fit I don’t see why not.

“I’ve been prolific over my career in the lower leagues and obviously I’ve came up to the Highland League for a wee bit of a change in scenery, but I still feel I’ve got that bit about me.

“I can still put the ball in the net, that’s all that matters, so let’s hope that continues.”

The Highland League champions have had a hectic start to the season and face Huntly at Christie Park tomorrow.

McManus added: “We’ll try to get the boys to recover as there’s a lot of them struggling with injuries. It’s just about getting them ready for tomorrow and pushing on again .

“It’s going to be another tough game, every game in the Highland League is. Every team is competitive.

“We just need to concentrate on ourselves and make sure we get another three points.”

Meanwhile, Huntly are buoyed by Wednesday’s 2-1 Aberdeenshire Cup win against Fraserburgh.

It was their third win in a row under caretaker boss Martin Skinner. The Black and Golds are continuing their search for Charlie Charlesworth’s successor.

Matthew McDonald got both goals on Wednesday and he says the squad would support Skinner’s permanent appointment.

He said: “We’re really enjoying playing under Martin. We’re really enjoying it, his training is really good.

“There’s a good atmosphere at the club, it’s a happy place to be.

“We would be pleased if he got the job because he is one of our own.

“So if he was to get the job I’d be really happy for him and for the team in general.

“But you never know in football because there could be someone else lined up.”

Former Cove player McDonald says the midweek win at Bellslea gives Huntly plenty of confidence ahead of tomorrow’s clash.

He added: “To beat a team that will be challenging for the league before facing Cove gives us so much confidence.

“We know it’s going to be really hard against the defending champions, but we are looking forward to the task.”