Football: Cottesmore Amateurs season preview

Cottesmore Amateurs boss Neil Miller
Cottesmore Amateurs boss Neil Miller

Cottesmore Amateurs are ready for the new season boasting a squad that has strength in depth and plenty of commitment.

New man in charge Neil Miller says he has got a good bunch of lads who are committed and focused on the job at hand.

They have also had a bit of a restructure with the creation of a reserves team.

However Miller is keen to stress that the first team and reserves must work together as a unit.

Cottesmore kick off tomorrow (Saturday) at home in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division against Caterpillar.

After the summer period when some players have come and gone, Miller said: “We may have lost a bit on quality but the strength and depth is a lot better.

“We’ve still got the period when people will be moving between clubs and I’m sure we’ll pick up a few more players, but I’ve got a squad of about 18 to 20 lads that are 110 per cent committed to doing what we want them to do.

“We’ve got rid of a few lads that were a little bit disruptive to the team and we’ve kept the lads who really wanted to commit to doing something for Cottesmore.”

It may be something of a baptism of fire in the first game for Cottesmore as Caterpillar finished second from top last year.

He said: “We’re well aware of what Caterpillar can do and they’ve thrown some money at a few players from higher leagues.

“If they pass the ball around in their half then we won’t want to press them, but when they come into our half we want to squeeze and press them.

“At this level you don’t want to lose the football.”

Miller is realistic about Cottesmore’s aims and admits it may be tough to match last year’s mid-table finish, but not impossible.

“What we need to do is stick together.

“You’ve got to look after the man next to you on the pitch and I always say to them, leave everything on the pitch. As long as you come back into the dressing room and can look me and your mates in the eye and say you’ve given 100 per cent, then that’s all I ask.”

Cottesmore’s last run out was against Ruddington on Saturday. They were 2-0 down at half-time but pulled a goal back and missed a penalty late on.