BLAIR YULE insists Cove Rangers are in no mood to ease off the accelerator as they steer towards the cinch League One title.

Cove sit seven points clear at the top as they host closest rivals Montrose on Saturday and the ever-reliable Yule has been named cinch League One Player of the Month for December.

The midfielder is the third Cove player to win the monthly award this season after Rory McAllister and Mitch Megginson.

"I'm certainly happy to win this but it reflects how the team has been doing," the 29 year-old states. "Although Rory and Mitch have been scoring the goals, it's the team as a collective who get the three points and the clean sheets and put us where we are at the moment.

"We're playing well and on a good run of form, sitting top of the league. I'm not sure I'd say we're exceeding expectations as we always knew we were a good side.

"We did well last year and just fell a bit short in the end. We're doing good at the moment but we need to remain calm and move on.

"The next couple of months will be crucial. A lot of the Cove teams I've played in have spent quite a while at the top of the league so a lot of us are experienced being in this position.

"But you can't take any game for granted. Even against East Fife the other week when it was top against bottom, they gave us a good game. It's the same with any team in this league.

"For me personally, Montrose have not surprised me. Last season they were very good as well and they are one of the best footballing sides in the league.

"They like to keep the ball on the ground and play a bit but we're well aware of what they can do and what their strengths are. It'll be a tough game but we're looking forward to it.

"It's a chance to open up a gap on them. I wouldn't say it's a make-or-break game as there's obviously a nice cushion between us and them at the moment and we want to keep that as it is, as a minimum.

"In this league, if you can go on a run of games then you can catapult yourself right up the table. It's quite strange that ourselves, Montrose and Airdrie have all been on a good run of form in the last few weeks.

"This Cove team is definitely up there with the best I've been involved with. There's a great bond between all the guys and the entire squad has contributed massively this season and everyone is focused on the challenges ahead.

"Everyone is pulling their weight. You can't rely on the guys up front to always produce and we need to help them out every now and again and we've been doing that in recent weeks."