Cottesmore find the goal-den touch

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Cottesmore Amateurs joint manager Gary Drake says his side have finally found the goalscoring touch after scoring six in two games.

Amateurs held third-placed Kirby Muxloe Reserves to a 2-2 draw in the Leicestershire Senior League and they could have taken all three points had the usually reliable Jordan King not made two costly errors in goal.

Action from Cottesmore's draw with Kirby Muxloe Reserves'Photo: Geoff Atton

Action from Cottesmore's draw with Kirby Muxloe Reserves'Photo: Geoff Atton

Cottesmore have been solid defensively in the majority of their games but until recently had struggled for goals. It is something Drake says his side has been working on in training.

“Our defensive record is good but goalscoring had been an issue. We had a chat before the Ashby game (which Cottesmore won 4-3) and have scored six in two games with more players getting on the scoresheet.

“It makes a big difference if others are contributing.”

The Rutlanders were under the cosh early on as the hosts began strongly and Amateurs fell behind when King dropped a routine cross.

But Jamie McKay struck an indirect free-kick from the right hand side, past the wall and goalkeeper to equalise on the half hour and Amateurs ended the half the stronger side with Fred Stannard disappointed not to be awarded a spot kick for a push in the penalty area.

Alex Brown then crossed for Jake Culverwell to put Cottesmore in front on the hour but their lead was shortlived. King let a ball slip through his grasp and Drake was beaten by Kirby’s striker to the follow-up.

“We came away disappointed with a draw,” said player-boss Drake.

“The two errors were unfortunate. He has kept us in games and won us a lot of points this season.”

Cottesmore travel to Desford on Saturday hoping to make amends for a 4-0 defeat at Rogues Park early in the season. They will be without King who returns to cricket duties and Brown is expected to return in goal.

Drake added: “It’s a big game for us. We have games in hand but if they win they will go above us. I’d rather have the points than the games in hand.”

Cottesmore: Jordan king, Callum Pauley, Gary drake, Andy Teare, Dave Gordon, Matt Panter, Fred Stannard (Ian Harrison), Rob Mason, Jake Culverwell, Alex Brown. Subs: Richard Giblin, Chris Shaw.