Cottesmore Amateurs 1
COTTESMORE Amateurs lost 3-1 at Stapenhill after playing most of the game with just 10 men on Saturday.
Steve Dalby was shown a straight red card midway through the first half as Amateurs played their first league match in eight weeks.
Cottesmore boss Steve Duffy said: “We hadn’t played for such a long time it was just good to get on the pitch again but I was disappointed about the result.
“We were down to 10 men which did not help but the attitude of the players after that was top drawer.”
On the sending off he added: “I never saw it so I can’t really comment but apparently their boy stood on Steve Dalby and he reacted. It was a shame for Steve. He has been magnificent all season.
“Twice their players lifted their hands. All we ask for is consistency.”
It was a frustrating afternoon for Cottesmore, who had started brightly. After 10 minutes Danny Bomkin hit the Stapenhill post with a header and Amateurs were holding their own until the break.
But Stapenhill ran into a two goal lead in the second half and although Tom Bain pulled one back for the Rutlanders, the home side sealed the points with a third.
Duffy disputed Stapenhill’s goal, saying the ball had clearly gone out of play during the build-up. “It was right by the dugouts, we could see the ball was out of play. But we have to play on and our boys stopped.
“Their third was a good goal, a bit of trickery
Duffy added: “Overall we played very well. We are still missing Lee Wood who could be out until March and he is a big loss to us. Charlie Muzlewhite and Joe Hanlon are both away on long trips.”
However Duffy has strenthened his side with the signing of Bradley Downing, a 20 year old midfielder who previously played for United Counties League side Raunds Town.
Cottesmore: Brown, Bain, Spawton, Bomkin, Dalby, Giblin, Downing, Duncan, McDonald, Feely, Archer-Fern. Sub: Watchorn.
* COTTESMORE Amateurs FC will hold a special celebration to mark the club’s 70th anniversary at the end of the season.
The 2010/11 end of season awards evening will include a past and present players’ reunion at Greetham Valley Golf Club on Friday, May 6.
The club was formed in 1941 and since 1958 has played in a number of leagues including the Rutland League (1958-62, 65-72), the Melton League (1972-83) and most recently the Leicestershire Senior League. A Colts U18 team was formed in 1998 and plays in the Leicestershire Midwekk Youth League.
Any past club members (players, officials or helpers) are invited to contact chairman Allan Westray on 01572 724275 for details.