Cottesmore boss targets top six spot

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Cottesmore Amateurs joint manager Gary Drake says his side should target a top six finish in the Leicestershire Senior League this season.

Amateurs beat third-placed Highfield Rangers 1-0 at Rogues Park last Saturday and Drake says the result shows his side is beginning to gather momentum.

Drake said: “We had a slow start and we were unlucky in the two games against Sileby Town but I’m still aiming for a top six finish, which is not unrealistic because anyone can beat anyone in this league.”

Goalkeeper turned striker Alex Brown scored the only goal of the game against Highfield, reacting quickest to a rebound when Dave Gordon struck the post.

But as well as the clean sheet and three points, just as important for Cottesmore is that they managed it with six regular first team players missing.

Cottesmore’s squad was frequently threadbare last season but Drake and his co-manager Steve Duffy have worked hard to bolster their outfit this season.

Drake said: “We have got good squad depth now. The problem is that we change week in, week out, depending upon who is available.”

Speaking on Tuesday, he said: “We have at least two players away this weekend.”

“We have GNG away on Saturday and it’s important for us to pick up points. Most of our points so far have come at home.”

A repeat of last Saturday’s result would stretch the gap between the Rutlanders and the sides struggling at the bottom.

The Cottesmore boss added: “The players were all committed and each played their part.

“Matt Panter and Fred Stannard in midfield were brilliant, Andy and myself did well to keep a clean sheet.

“Alex Brown has done really well since going outfield. He’s a big, strong, powerful guy and is doing well.”

Cottesmore’s next home game is against Dunton and Broughton on December 1.

Cottesmore: Jordan King, Richard Giblin, Andy Teare, Gary Drake, Callum Pauley, Jamie McKay, Matt Panter, Fred Stannard, Liam Prenderville, Dave Gordon, Alex Brown. Subs: Stan Stannard, Danny McKay, Rob Lewin.