League Two play-off final: Cove’s Stott claims all pressure is on Beath as new challenge looms

Cove's Ryan Stott celebrates his goal.
Cove's Ryan Stott celebrates his goal.

Cove Rangers’ Ryan Stott insists all the pressure is on Cowdenbeath in the League Two play-off final.

The Highland League champions take on the Blue Brazil in the first leg of the final at Harlaw Park on Saturday.

The second leg is at Central Park seven days later.

Cove are hoping to win and gain entry to League Two for next season, meaning Aberdeen would have two sides in the senior ranks.

While some may view trying to break into the SPFL as pressure – Stott doesn’t.

He reckons all the pressure is on Beath who are trying to preserve their league status after 113 years in the senior ranks.

With Cove boasting a lethal attack, winger Stott believes they are capable of scoring goals against Gary Bollan’s team.

He said: “I guess they will be wary of us, we’re always liable to score.

“If we can keep it tight and get a goal in front then you never know.

“There’s always a chance with the players we have if we can take our chances and keep calm in front of goal.

“We’ll try to create as many chances as we can and if we stay composed you just never know.

“We’ve got nothing to fear and the pressure is more on them than anything else.”

Cove beat Lowland League winners Spartans in the play-off semi-final. John Sheran’s men lost 2-1 in the second leg at Ainslie Park, but progressed courtesy of a 4-0 win in the first leg.

Stott would love to have a big lead after Saturday’s first leg against Cowdenbeath, but knows it’s important Cove keep themselves in the tie ahead of the return in Fife.

He added: “We want to make sure we’re still in the tie going into the second leg.

“But the best form of defence is attack so as long as we can get a few goals, or even just a goal ahead and take it to the second leg and then take it from there.”

Stott felt Cove weren’t quite at their best against Spartans on Tuesday, and he expects another tough game against the Blue Brazil.

He said: “It was a tougher game against Spartans at Ainslie Park, they did really well and it was like facing a different team to the first leg.

“I thought they were better than us on Tuesday, but on the whole I think we deserved to go through.

“Now we just need to rest up and try to recover for Saturday and then go again.

“They’re a different sort of team, we don’t know much about them.

“But we expect it will be a physical, tougher battle and they’ll be more streetwise.

“They’re playing in the league above and will be tough.”

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