Having made his Highland League debut for Cove against Huntly in 2013 Huntly goalkeeper Craig Reid is looking to shut out his old team mates when he goes up against league champions Cove Rangers this Saturday.

“Hopefully I did enough last weeks to keep my place from the start. It’ll be good to go up against a few old faces I know. A number of their squad have been there for years and I know them well from playing with them and when you look at their squad there are a lot of championship winners and a wealth of experience and the same goes for their Manager John Sheran who has won the league a number of times with them. It’ll be a tough game but definitely one I’m looking forward to. We know it might be backs to the wall and we’ll have to defend properly and take our chances when they come.”

Reid was on Huntly’s radar previously after he left Cove with former Manager Gregg Carrol but the keeper was pleased to be given the chance at Christie Park after a proposed move fell through due to other circumstances.

“I played quite a bit in my first season at Cove but the second one I was put out on loan to Culter and I was meant to be coming to Huntly after that but I moved away to England for a year but that was me back up just recently and I’m getting back to fitness after missing pre-season. I’ve been thrown in at the deep end having played three times already since but I’m looking to get that bit of consistency and build on it with each performance.”

With a number of injury problems in the squad recently, the player admitted he’s played through the pain barrier in recent weeks himself.

“I had a tight thigh and pulled it a few weeks ago so wasn’t able to kick properly so haven’t been able to hit goal kicks too much. As a goalkeeper you try and play through injuries.”

Having produced a number of top saves in their 2-1 defeat at Forres last week, the 21 year was disappointed to see his side leave Mosset Park empty handed.

“We put in one hundred percent and can’t fault anyone for their effort. We had some chances but didn’t capitalise on them and they scored two goals – one of which while we had ten men on the pitch and when the ball was cut back there was a number of players in the box ready to get on the end of the pass. It was a hard one to take when we were looking to push on and take something from the game.”

 Craig has currently been fighting it out for a starting place with Stuart Grant but is enjoying the competition from the Welshman

“Stuart was away with the RAF for the Aberdeenshire Shield semi-final playing in a football tournament but luckily for me I got a start so I’ve just got to take my chance now and hopefully stay in the team for as long as I can and impress the management.”

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