A morale boosting night of team building has set Cottesmore Amateurs back on the right path and on Saturday the team’s better cohesion was plain to see when they won their first game in the last 10 attempts in all competitions.
Playing at home Amateurs beat Allexton & New Parks 3-0 in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division.
Cottesmore manager Neil Miller said his team had benefitted from a racing night at the club where they let their hair down.
With morale improved Miller was also able to name the same starting 11 for two weeks in a row which he said is key to having success.
He said: “Getting that same 11 out week in, week out is absolutely key.
“Our season has to start again. Our expectations have been blown out the water. We believe we are a midtable side but recent results and the table does not suggest that at the moment.
“It takes some character to come from eight league defeats on the bounce, against some good football teams, and win. It certainly leaves you with a good feeling.
“The atmosphere in the changing rooms [after the game] was great.”
Cottesmore were 2-0 up inside the first 20 minutes of the match. The opening goal of the match game from a mistake from the Allexton & New Parks keeper. He failed to clear the ball with any real authority and Robbie Preira picked the ball up from 35-yards, took one touch and looped a shot into the net after 10 minutes.
Andrea Fontura hit the post for Amateurs as they continued to pile on the pressure at Rouge’s Park. It wasn’t long before the striker got on the scoreboard. Simon Hill split the visitor’s defence with a brilliant through ball to Preira who cut the ball across the box for Fontura to slot home with ease.
Cottesmore prepared themselves for a reaction from Allexton after the break and were set out with instructions to “park the bus” defensively which they successfully acheived. And in the 55th minute Mason made headway with a wide run before finding Tom Sprotton. He whipped the ball into the box for Robbie Aldridge to score with a diving header from near the penalty box.
The goal killed off the game as a competition and the homeside saw out the long-awaited victory.
A relieved Miller said:“When you have not won for eight games you would take a 1-0 so I was very happy with 3-0.
“Now we have started the ball rolling we need to keep the momentum going. The lads understand that.
“If we can get out the 11 players I would like each week then we are a strong football team. Consistency is the key. I am well aware of what my lads are capable of. I have got some good experienced players in there and some young fast lads that can play at this level if not higher.We just need a bit of lady luck on our side, have patience and believe.”