COTTESMORE head into tomorrow’s match at Ratby knowing that anything less than victory will leave them on the verge of relegation.
The Rogues Park side have six games to make up the 10 points on second-bottom Ratby and 14 that they trail third-bottom FC Dynamo, and their two games against fellow strugglers Ratby will be crucial six-pointers.
The first of these vital clashes is the away match, tomorrow, and Cottesmore boss Steve Duffy said: “No bones about it, we have to win.”
Cottesmore’s cause wasn’t helped by a 3-0 defeat at Stapenhill last Saturday when they saw out the final stages with just 10 men.
Cottesmore gave little away in the first half and could have taken the lead during the first period but were denied by the woodwork.
Three second half Stapenhill strikes then undid Cottesmore’s fine first half defensive work.
Duffy said: “We should have taken something from the game.
“Mike Feeley hit the post and we had two really good chances to go ahead in the first half. They had a couple of chances but did not really trouble our keeper in the first half.”
But Stapenhill broke the deadlock after half time with a powerful header at the far post putting Cottesmore behind. A tap-in doubled the hosts’ lead and a scrambled third, late on, sealed the Rutlanders’ fate.