Megginson hails Locos’ victory as Cove turn screws on Highland League rivals

Cove's Mitch Megginson shooting at goal. Picture by Darrell Benns

Cove Rangers’ two-goal hero Mitch Megginson believes they sent out a statement to the rest of the Highland League by beating nearest challengers Inverurie Locos 4-0.

The striker scored two stunners for the table-topping Aberdeen outfit who moved three points clear of the Railwaymen with victory at Harlaw Park.

Asked if Cove had sent out a statement of their intent to win the title, Megginson said: “Yes, definitely, especially when you are playing one of the form teams in the league, to go and win 4-0 shows the quality and the depth we’ve got.”

On his double – which took him to 29 goals this term – he added: “For the first one I just cut in and with the strike I think it was more the accuracy that took it in at the near post.

“There were a few bodies in the way so I don’t think Andy Reid could really see it. The second one just sat up nicely and I connected well and it flew in.

“I’m happy with that and happy with the team performance. The team winning comes first but it’s always good to get on the scoresheet.

“It’s the guys on the pitch that create the chances for me so as long as I keep banging them in and if we keep getting wins then I’m delighted.”

Cove boss John Sheran said: “The boys realised the importance of the game, it was a big game and they played fantastic.

“Some of the passing and the movement was superb and there were some really good performances.”

Inverurie boss Neil Cooper said: “It was disappointing because we didn’t play well but that was because Cove started the game really well and you can see why they’re at the top of the league.”

Ryan STOTT’S powerful low angled strike from the edge of the box opened the scoring on 20 minutes. On the half-hour, Andy Hunter crashed a volley off the bar for Locos before MEGGINSON’S precise low shot found the corner from 20 yards three minutes later.

Just before the break, Hunter blazed over from six yards and seconds later it was 3-0 when Greg MITCHELL turned a Jamie Masson free-kick into his own net. After the break Scott Ross cleared a Neil Gauld effort off the line before hitting the bar and MEGGINSON completed the scoring with a stunning 20-yard strike into the roof of the net.