Watson’s warning: Buckie Thistle will be out for revenge against leaders Cove

Eric Watson.

Cove Rangers skipper Eric Watson has put the Highland League leaders on red alert against defending champions Buckie.

Watson reckons The Jags will be out to prove a point at Victoria Park tomorrow in their league showdown.

Buckie currently trail leaders Cove by 12 points and have played two games more.

Watson also warned Buckie will be gunning for revenge after Cove hammered them 7-1 in the league in October.

Watson said: “Buckie are the defending champions and will be out to prove a point.

“We also gave them a bit of a doing earlier this season, so they will be out to avenge that as well.

“Buckie have a few injury problems but I am sure the team they have out on the day will be strong.

“We have had many tough games at Buckie and regardless of where they are in the league it is always a difficult fixture.” Cove Rangers have been relentless in their pursuit of the title this season and have yet to be defeated in the league so far this season.

That impressive run stretches to 18 games with 16 wins and just two draws.

In that scintillating streak, Cove have netted 77 goals and conceded only 11.

Watson said: “We want to keep this run going.

“Buckie is a tough place to go but we are certainly going there looking to get the three points again.”

Watson hopes the clash with Buckie can survive the winter freeze.

If it does, he hopes the surface at Victoria Park can still allow Cove to play their passing game.

He said: “A lot will depend on the ground conditions as well.

“Hopefully, it will not be too soft and the park will be firm enough that we can still pass.

“We are still going to play our passing game as we always do.

“To try and play it out from the back and through the midfield.

“We want to knock the ball about and try to move Buckie about.

“Hopefully, that will be enough to enable us to create some chances and then go and take them.”

In the other games, third placed Fraserburgh travel to a struggling Strathspey Thistle who have taken just three points this season.

Fraserburgh trail Cove by six points and have played a game more.

The Broch will go into the fixture on a high having defeated Huntly 7-0 at the weekend.

Second placed Inverurie Locos are not in action.

Formartine United, sitting joint fourth in the table, travel to Nairn County while Brora Rangers host Deveronvale.

Clachnacuddin welcome Rothes whilst Huntly play Forres Mechanics.

Lossiemouth hold home advantage over Wick Academy and Turriff United welcome Keith.

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