For the second week running Vale lost a close game when a draw would have been a fairer result. League leaders and current SHFL champions Cove Rangers
were the visitors to PRP where the match was preceded by a minute’s applause to show respect for PRSCT chairman, Sydney Mair, who passed away on February 28th. A tight first half saw much of the play in the Vale half of the pitch with Cove pressing for an opening goal. However, resolute defending by Vale kept Cove’s clear scoring chances to a minimum and the teams went in at HT at 0-0. The second half continued in a similar vein but Vale keeper Robbie Mutch and the Vale defence dealt well with the cross balls that were put in to the Vale box, primarily from the attackers right-hand side. The match turned in the 73rd minute when a fairly innocuous, bobbling shot from Megginson evaded Robbie Mutch and ended up in the bottom right hand corner of his net. The final 15-20 minutes of the match saw Vale make more penetration but an equalising goal proved elusive and it was with obvious relief that Cove celebrated getting the 3 points which maintained their lead against title challengers Brora Rangers. As well as being disappointed at falling just short of a well-earned point, Vale supporters felt bemused by some of the refereeing decisions which saw 5 Vale players receiving yellow cards and none of the Cove team being booked. This despite a couple of very robust tackles and some overly assertive “challenging” of some of the ref’s decisions. Vale’s next home game is against Huntly on Wednesday 13th March, followed by Rothes on Saturday 16th March, also at PRP. These teams met this afternoon at Christie Park, Huntly and shared 8 goals.