IF Cottesmore Amateurs learn to convert the chances they create they have what it takes for a mid-table place next season according to boss Steve Duffy.
“It has been the same old story all season,” complained Duffy after back-to-back defeats on Saturday and Easter Monday.
“We get plaudits from people saying they cannot believe where we are in the league (third from bottom) and we are good enough to be mid-table; but the league table does not lie.”
Amateurs lost 3-1 to Rothley Imperial on Saturday before losing 2-0 at top-side Ashby Ivanhoe on Easter Monday and in both games, they created chances. But wastefulness in front of goal and inconsistency over 90 minutes have cost his side points this season.
“We have just played Ashby, they are top of the league and I am disappointed that we came away with nothing,” said Duffy.
“We had four one-on-ones but did not score. They scored early on from a defensive error – that’s the difference –- they took their chances. After that they did not troubled us for an hour until the second goal.”
It was a similar story against Rothley on Saturday, when the Cottesmore boss was livid Rothley’s hat-trick star Craig McMorron escaped a sending-off before putting three past the Rutlanders.
“He lashed out and only got a yellow. Then the guy goes and gets a hat-trick.
“They beat the offside trap three times before the break but in the second half we tightened up.
“We need to play the second half first in future, give ourselves a chance,” said the Cottesmore boss.
Top scorer Seb Archer-Fern reduced the arrears after the break but Cottesmore were punished for missed chances in both games.
Duffy said: “We are creating chances and not putting them away. Young Seb has done well with 16 or 17 goals but we do need a goalscorer to support him, someone who can score some ugly goals.”
With just a home game against Highfield Rangers tomorrow remaining this season, Duffy is confident his side can maintain an upward trajectory next season.
He said: “We are better than we were last year but we are not the finished article.
“Seb has come on no end. Alex Brown has shown what a good goalkeeper he is and young lads like Mike Feely, Ollie McCann, Charlie Muzzlewhite and Joe Hanlon are all good players.
“I would like to think if we can keep all the boys together we can build on this season.”
Cottesmore (v Rothley): Brown, Muzzlewhite, Bomken, Spawton, McCann, Duncan, Hanlon, Wood, Feely, Archer-Fern, Acock. Subs: Morton, Giblin, Dear.
Cottesmore (v Ashby): Brown, Rudkin, Spawton, Bomken, McCann, Giblin, Feely, Hanlon, Oboh, Archer-Fern, Millar.