Cottesmore Amateurs are starting to show the steel required to take three points from a less than stellar performance.
After taming high-flying Highfield Rangers a week earlier, the Leicestershire Senior League’s only Rutland side travelled to struggling FC GNG where they ground out a 4-2 win in awful conditions.
Joint boss Steve Duffy said: “We were pleased with the result, if not the performance.
“It was a cold, bitter day and very wet which made it difficult to get going. But this is the sort of game that last year we would have lost.”
Cottesmore were strong in patches and began brightly, taking a two goal lead in the opening quarter of an hour.
Harry Stannard scored the first, heading home an excellent cross from Jamie McKay with a move straight from the training ground to the delight of Amateurs’ management.
Skipper Andy Teare doubled Cottesmore’s lead soon after, heading home unchallenged at the far post.
Cottesmore struck the woodwork and saw another chance cleared off the line before half time but they lost momentum at the break.
GNG pulled two back and put Cottesmore under pressure for a sustained spell.
With 15 minutes to go, substitute Rob Lewin put Cottesmore back in front and with less than ten minutes remaining, Teare scored his second of the day, slotting home from the penalty spot after Harry Stannard had been felled in the box.
“We were too complacent in the second half, “ said the Cottesmore boss.
“They came out of the blocks quickly and caught us cold with two goals in ten minutes.
“We made it difficult for ourselves at times.
“I feel sorry for Jordan in goal. He made a couple of great saves but could do nothing about the two we conceded. He’s a very good goalkeeper.”
Cottesmore are at home to Dunton and Broughton Rangers on Saturday with matches against two of the bottom quartet, Sileby Saints and Birtsall United, before the return to Dunton and Broughton just before Christmas.
Cottesmore are also at home to Baston in the Ancaster Cup on December 5, and Duffy is setting his sights on an unbeaten run.
He said: “We have five games before Christmas which are all winnable.”
Cottesmore: Jordan King, Chris Shaw, Richard Giblin, Andy Teare, Gary Drake, Dave Gordon, Fred Stannard, Matt Panter (Danny McKay), Jamie McKay (Stan Stannard), Alex Brown (Rob Lewin), Harry Stannard.