Broque Watson is prepared to take up a striking role for Cove Rangers.
The attacker switched from his wide position to through the middle beside Mitch Megginson during Saturday’s 3-2 win over Brechin City after Rory McAllister came off in the first half with a thigh injury.
Watson, a January signing from Annan Athletic, impressed in a central area and with McAllister a major doubt for tomorrow’s game against Stirling Albion, the 21-year-old is ready to fill the void.
Watson said: “With Annan I played in the hole as well so it’s not like it’s something I’m not used to.
“I’m happy to play as a number 10 or out wide so I’m quite versatile between the two.
“I enjoying playing out wide or in the hole so I’m quite happy wherever I’m needed.
“If Rory’s out I’m happy to play in the middle. I’m really familiar with the position and because I’m quite quick as well I can get in behind the back four. I’ll give my best to try to help the team if I play there.
“We’re happy to get the three points but the way we finished, conceding two goals, shouldn’t really happen.
“At this stage of the season it’s all about winning and trying to get over the line so we’re still pleased to get the points.”
Cove started brightly with Jamie Masson side-footing wide in the opening exchanges before Daniel Higgins tested Brechin goalkeeper Lewis McMinn with a free-kick in the ninth minute.
Three minutes later the league leaders were ahead when Alex Petkov scythed down Megginson in the box and the Cove captain slotted the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.
The Aberdeen side continued to carve out openings, with Watson lobbing wide from Fraser Fyvie’s perfectly weighted through ball.
Megginson rattled a shot off the post from 25 yards and tested McMinn again from the edge of the area before the interval.
Bottom-of-the-table Brechin’s best first half opportunity was in the third minute when Kieran Inglis dispossessed Ryan Strachan in the box, but Stuart McKenzie made a fine save to deny Ryan McCord.
Three minutes after the restart Cove grabbed their second of the afternoon.
At the end of a sustained spell of pressure Higgins played a one-two with Watson and charged into the area; the defender’s cut-back found Megginson, who took a touch to control before finishing from 12 yards.
In the 54th minute it was three when Masson slid the ball home after Jonathan Page failed to clear Harry Milne’s delivery from the left flank.
Brechin did pull one back after the hour when former Cove man Martin Scott turned in a Sean McIntosh centre at the front post.
Despite Cove’s control of proceedings, City grabbed a second in stoppage time through Scott from the penalty spot after he was adjudged to have been pulled down by Higgins.
Manager Paul Hartley said: “I thought we were loose, I don’t think we were at our best.
“I felt once we went 3-0 up we thought it was too easy and we took our foot off the gas a little bit. We’ve got to give credit to Brechin because they never gave up and played some good football at times.
“It’s a great three points for us, but I just felt we lost a bit of focus.”