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Captain is delighted by his side’s rapid progress

Cottesmore's Alex Brown, pictured against Dunton and Broughton came closest to scoring during Amateurs' goalless draw at Birstall Photo: MSMP011212-088js

Cottesmore's Alex Brown, pictured against Dunton and Broughton came closest to scoring during Amateurs' goalless draw at Birstall Photo: MSMP011212-088js

A goalless draw at home Birstall United extended Cottesmore Amateurs’ unbeaten run to five league games - six in all competitions - on Saturday.

And while it may not have been a thriller the continues the Rutland side’s progress in the Leicestershire Senior League.

Captain Andy Teare said: “It keeps the unbeaten run going and all in all a 0-0 draw was a decent result.

“Keeping a clean sheet was important. They are a much better side than their league position suggests.”

As if to underline their false standing, Birstall, who are second-bottom of the league table, beat Cottesmore 6-1 in the Beacon Bitter Cup in November. A repeat of that scoreline never looked likely at Rogues Park on Saturday.

“There were not many chances for either side,” said Teare. “It had nil-nil written all over it.

“I couldn’t see them breaking through and Jordan always looked safe.

“As a defender you know you’ll always get something if you keep a clean sheet but we were not creating much ourselves.”

Alex Brown came closest to breaking the deadlock with 20 minutes remaining but the Birstall keepermanaged to fingertip his lob to safety.

Cottesmore remain in the top half of the table and play another of the side’s around them, Dunton and Broughton Rangers, away on Saturday.

When the sides met at the start of the month, Amateurs won 4-1 and Teare is keen for his side to maintain their good run going through the Christmas and New Year period.

“We had a good result against them a few weeks ago but I don’t think there is a lot between any of the sides this year,” he added.

“We have beaten top sides and dropped points against lower ones.

“At the end of the day, if we keep playing as we have, we can get a result.

“It’s a shame that we had such a bad start to the season. If we had started like we are playing now we would right up there with the top sides.

“But it was always going to take time to mould us as a team.

“This year is about building something for next season and I think everybody is looking forward to it - from the players to the committee and the people wactching.”

Cottesmore: Jordan king, Callum Pawley, Andy Teare, Richard Giblin, Chris Shaw, Dave Gordon, Jamie McKay, Ian Harrison (Ben kind), Rob Mason, Alex Brown, Harry Stannard (Rob Lewin). Sub unused: Danny McKay.

 

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