Cottesmore Amateurs break bleak spell with comfortable league win

Cottesmore Amateurs Reserves v Highfield Rangers Reserves. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140325-140742001
Cottesmore Amateurs Reserves v Highfield Rangers Reserves. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140325-140742001

A brace from Harry Stannard snapped Cottesmore Amateurs’ six-game losing streak on Saturday with a 2-1 win over FC GNG.

Cottesmore played some of their best football of the season to win for the first time in 2014, having not played regularly because of postponements.

The travelling Amateurs went behind early on but Stannard brought his side back into the tie thanks to a wicked deflection.

A defensive mix-up at the back allowed him to slot the winner late in the second half.

Excellent saves from Cottesmore keeper Jordan King late in the day allowed his side to take home all three points.

Manager Neil Miller said: “We gained a lot of confidence on Saturday.

“We are capable of doing something in this league with a full strength side.

“It is nice for the lads to get the win because they have kept faith in what we are trying to do.”

Cottesmore Reserves continued a rich run of form which has seen them lose only once in their last nine games with a 3-0 home win over Highfield Rangers Reserves .

The home side were dealt a blow before the game with the news Lee Wood had suffered damaged ribs from last week’s game and would probably miss the rest of the season.

The game started with the home side on the front foot but it was the visitors who nearly opened the scoring when the centre forward ran through, only to be denied by a great save from Ainsley Petty.

This seemed to jolt Cottesmore into life and only a great reaction save from a Jon Quinn shot kept them at bay.

However, the hosts made the breakthrough on 25 minutes when Tom Atkins got to the goal-line and cut a ball across to Nick Acock, who did very well to get the ball under control and fire home.

At this stage it was all Cottesmore and only great goalkeeping and poor choices kept the score down.

Cottesmore doubled their advantage when Marcus Baines broke up an attack in midfield and threaded a great ball through to Acock who beat his man with ease before crossing onto the head of Danny Warboyes to power the ball in from eight yards.

Cottesmore continued to press into the second half with Acock having a great chance with a solo run, drawing the keeper then lofting the ball over the bar.

He was not to be denied and scored his second with a superb half volley after out-muscling the defender and giving the keeper no chance.

Manager Steve Duffy said: “I’m delighted with the victory, not just the three goals but the manner in which we played.

“Our build up play at times was fantastic with the opposition manager commenting on how well we had played. A little bit more composure and making the right choice may have given us a couple more goals but three at home and a clean sheet makes everyone happy.”