Cove Rangers boss John Sheran said his team just have to keep “grinding out results” after the Highland League leaders beat Deveronvale 1-0 at Princess Royal Park.
It took until the 73rd minute for the Banffers’ resistance to be broken, with the Aberdeen side’s goal coming from a likely source – scoring charts leader Mitch Megginson.
The Cove talisman took his tally for the season to 41, while his team remain three points clear of second-placed Brora Rangers with a game in hand.
Brora won 5-1 at Lossiemouth on Saturday.
Sheran praised his team’s dogged determination to leave with three points.
He said: “It was very tight. We were playing against a team which plays five at the back and didn’t come out of their own half and things.
“We just had to gradually break them down.
“It was good perseverance from the boys, as we had a few chances we didn’t quite take.
“But it was just a really hard-fought, good 1-0 win.”
Sheran’s team have been tested in the last couple of weeks, with two midweek games alongside three weekend fixtures.
They’ve come through the run, having dropped just two points – to Formartine United.
Sheran noted the contribution of his squad to these results, saying: “It was good from our point of view, the boys kept on believing as a group in the second half.
“They pulled together and worked really hard for each other.
“The whole squad, everybody, had to play a part on Saturday, because Blair Yule was out injured and Paul McManus was ill.
“The fact we played Wednesday and Deveronvale didn’t – the boys were pretty tired after five games in a fortnight.
“But we had a good performance and deserved to win without a doubt.
“We know at this stage of the season it’s just about grinding out results and we did that.”
Deveronvale had done a good job of keeping Cove out, until Megginson found the space to fire a low shot past keeper Robbie Mutch.
Sheran knows the former Aberdeen player will always be on hand to make the difference in a tight encounter like the one on Saturday.
He said: “The one thing this year is we have spread the goals around more players.
“When you’re looking to score goals, it’s great to have a striker like Mitch, but the rest of the boys make the space, the pass, the run or the cross or whatever.
“But he pops up with the finishes when we need them.”