Bitterly disappointed Locos co-boss Scott Buchan said after the game, “It was poor from the officials for both teams over the whole game.
“For their second goal the referee said it was a backward pass, it was the most blatant forward pass you’ll ever see. At the end of the day it has cost us the game.
“I still think though it took around 70 minutes for us to turn up. We were just going through the motions, really poor in the midfield area for us. They made more simple passes, in particular Blair Yule and Stuart Duff for them.
“The first one was unlucky. It took a deflection, what can you do about that? We should have equalised at the end, I don’t know how Neil has managed to miss it from literally a yard. The conditions spoiled the game, but Cove came out the right side. Neither keeper has had many saves to make.
“Considering we’ve not played much and certainly not as much as Cove, we ended the game looking the more energetic. Andy Hunter when he came on looked really lively, I can’t wait for him to be back to full action.
“We are suffering from lack of quality, and I don’t mean that to be disrespectful, it’s just we’re without seven players, the latest to join the list is John Maitland who has a bad cut on his foot that required stitching. You cannot be without that type of player for big games. We continue to run teams close though, but just not getting the ball over the line.”
This Saturday Locos get their Breedon Aggregates Highland League Cup 2015 campaign under way with a First Round trip to Station Park and a meeting with Nairn County.
Buchan assessed the task ahead: “We have done OK there in recent years, if we can take the form of the last 20 minutes into the tie and extend it over the whole period we’ll have every chance. If we play like the opening 70 minutes we’ll get beaten.”