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Cove beat one of their title rivals to consolidate top spot

Cove BC 4

Paton 1, Kalinowski 48, Forrest, 53, Penman 62.

Deveronvale 2

Robertson 2, West, 78.

Scott McPherson | YFS North Region Journalist
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Top of the table Cove BC have moved five points clear of fourth-placed Deveronvale after a 4-2 victory over the Banff side. Cove, who have also played a game fewer than their rivals, won the game thanks to goals from Josh Paton, Damian Kalinowski, Ben Forrest and Jake Penman. Gregor Robertson and David West replied in vain for the visitors.
Cove Manager, Brian Forrest, said the victory helps his team’s chances of going on and winning the title. He said: “It puts us in a really good position for the league. It’s our first season in the B League. We were a C League team last year and B League this year. The players have really stood up and shown that they really want it. The win puts us in a great, great position but there are still five games to go. We’ve got to play Deveronvale away, Middlefield away and Banchory at home. Tough, tough games. Hopefully we can just steer the ship through.”
It took just over a minute of play for the league leaders to go in front. Striker Josh Paton controlled Ben Forrest’s free-kick and turned his man before confidently firing the ball into the net from six yards.
But they surrendered their lead within a minute as Gregor Robertson equalised. Kieran Neish’s shot from 20 yards found Robertson free in the penalty area and he prodded the ball past goalkeeper Daniel Green.
Deveronvale’s Adam Taylor then had a 20 yard shot which went narrowly wide of goal.
Cove’s Paton caused Deveronvale problems all day and he broke the offside trap after 20 minutes but his low shot from the right missed the bottom corner by a couple of yards.
Paton then set up strike partner Struan Linton who twisted and turned before eventually being denied by a good save from goalkeeper Keir Barker. 
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, with both teams largely cancelling each other out.
But Cove retook the lead in the 48th minute. A quick turn and shot from Damian Kalinowski on the edge of the box found the bottom corner to make it 2-1. And Kalinowski celebrated his goal with the Daniel Sturridge dance.
Unlike in the first half, the home side kicked on after taking the lead and doubled their advantage five minutes later. They were awarded a penalty when Paton went down from a challenge by Robertson. Captain Ben Forrest stepped up and sent the goalkeeper the wrong way for 3-1.
Deveronvale then went to three in defence to try and get back into the game.
But it was Cove who scored the next goal to all but seal victory. Paton’s cross eventually found Jake Penman and he convincingly smashed the ball into the net from six yards.
Strikers Paton and Kalinowski then both missed decent chances to extend Cove’s lead as Deveronvale pushed forward in the search of goals.
Deveronvale did score again a couple of minutes from time. David West’s rocket of a free kick from 25 yards left Green with no chance. 


Cove BC
1. Daniel Green
2. Gareth Rooney
3. Aidan Fulton
5. Sean Davidson
6. Muhamed Shafik
7. Mark Somers
8. Ben Forrest
9. Josh Paton
10. Owen Bennett
11. Kieran Dowbekin
12. Adam Whiffin
14. Jake Penman
15. Dylan Mitchell
16. Damian Kalinowski
18. Struan Linton
1. Jonathan Edward
2. Robert McIntosh
3. Ethan Barron
5. Lewis Campbell
6. Benn Burroughs
7. Arron Thomson
9. Kieran Neish
10. Scott Urquhart
11. Jake Wilson
12. Lewis McDonald
14. Adam Taylor
15. David West
17. Jack Munro
18. Gregor Robertson
21. Keir Barker
Star Player
Cove BC
Josh Paton was the best player on the pitch. Not everything he tried came off but he was a constant threat. He also scored the opening goal of the game after one minute of play. Damian Kalinowski also a great impact on the game coming on as a half-time substitute.
Robert McIntosh and Gregor Robertson both had a goof first half. But David West gets this accolade. Not just for his goal, but for his commitment in defence too.
Magic Moment
Cove BC
Damian Kalinowski’s goal came at a time where it looked like the game may be destined for a draw. The game had petered out into a midfield battle with little chances. But Kalinowski’s sharp turn and finish changed the pattern of the game.
David West’s brilliant free kick was a great end to the game. It didn’t count for anything for Deveronvale, but it was a great goal and made the scoreline a fairer reflection of the game.
Club Views
Cove BC
Cove BC Manager, Brian Forrest, said: “First half was end to end with a good midfield tussle. Both teams had chances to score goals but I think it was a good, even first half. The second half I think the tide turned for us, we got a bit of luck and things changed. We played a better second half than first.

“We’ve been working hard in training on not giving up and working hard and the result came for us today. I think 4-2 is a fair scoreline. We had a few chances at the end but swings and roundabouts because they had chances too. I am happy with 4-2.”

Deveronvale Club Secretary, Jerry Edward, said: “It was a good battle of a game. The difference being one of the teams were more willing to put their head and foot on the ball and play it. Our boys resorted to old fashioned tactics.

“4-2 is probably a fair result. The second half was a nothing half with nothing in it at all. The first half was better as both teams were playing football.

“We’ve got a lot of games back in Banff. Teams above us have all to come to Banff and this is our last away game to one of the top sides.”

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