Cove hotshot Mitch Megginson going for goals against Falkirk in the Scottish Cup

Press and Journal Highland League. Cove Rangers (blue) v Formatine United (white) ; Pictured - Cove's Mitch Megginson celebrates his first goal. Picture by Kami Thomson 03-02-18

Highland League top goalscorer Mitch Megginson is hoping to add to his impressive 37-goal tally when he and his Cove Rangers team-mates face Falkirk in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup Harlaw Park, Inverurie, on Saturday.

Megginson said: “We will obviously start as underdogs as Falkirk are a very good Championship team but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.

“I had the pleasure of training with the Falkirk squad a few times a couple of years ago. They have got some very good players, so we know we will need to be on top of our game when we face them this weekend.

“However, we believe we can beat anyone on our day but we have to be 100% to get anything out of the game.

“There’s no pressure on us at all, we can go and play our own game, but we do have home advantage, which is important. I’m not sure quite how we are going to play it this weekend but we have a great record at Harlaw Park, so we’ll look forward to it.

“I don’t think the Inver-urie pitch will suit them but it does suit us, so hopefully we can get something out of the game. To be the first Highland League team to reach the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup since that great Elgin City team lost 2-1 at Morton in 1968 is a huge incentive for us.”

The son of another Cove great, fellow forward Mike, added: “When I look at goal targets I move them up in fives, so now that I’m on 37 my next target figure and so on.

“I will be very pleased to reach 40 goals, then I’ll put it up to 45.

“If I were to score against Falkirk that would definitely help.”

Reflecting on his brace against Formartine United last weekend, Megginson said: “I was delighted to have scored two in a three-minute spell against Formartine United to overturn United’s early 1-0 advantage.

“We were looking for a quick response after going a goal down after just 13 minutes but six minutes later we were 2-1 up.

“That just goes to show the kind of character we have in the squad – if we go 1-0 down we don’t give up as we know we’re going to score goals.”

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