Partnership will bring rewards

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COTTESMORE ended the year propping up the Leicestershire Senior League but with their partnership with Stamford starting to bear fruit, there are reasons to believe that Rutland’s only remaining side in the Leicestershire leagues will move up the table in the new year.

Cottesmore lost 5-0 at Aylestone Park on Boxing Day and they remain on zero points after a three point deduction early in the season. But Steve Duffy’s side have games in hand of their rivals and he believes his side will turn things around.

He said: “The tie-up with Stamford is starting to come to fruition. We had three of their young lads playing on Boxing Day and they played very well.

“They all have great technique and a strong work ethic and the idea is to give them experience and build them up.”

The Rogues Park club is still rebuilding off the pitch where a fire damaged much of the club’s equipment just weeks before the start of the season, and the Cottesmore boss added: “We are still in a transition period with all the upheaval that we had after the fire.

“I still believe we can get out of the mire.”

Monday’s display was a much-improved performance on the previous week. Cottesmore fell behind to a goal that was struck clinically from the edge of the box and the second was a penalty given away for a soft foul in the area.

The third, which came before half time, was hotly disputed by Cottesmore who claimed that with two of the opposition players were offside.

Aylestone’s fourth came after decent work down the wing and the fifth was a poacher’s finish after a handling error by Lewin.

Cottesmore: Rob Lewin, Tom Spawton, Ollie McCann, Danny Bomken, Toby Shepherd, Harry Fitzjohn, Tom Horton, Richard Giblin, Gabriel Obah, Richard Wilson, Tom Fitzjohn.