TEMPERS boiled over as Cottesmore Amateurs fell to their fourth straight defeat on Saturday.
A mass brawl marred the second half of Amateurs’ 2-1 loss to Kirby Muxloe Reserves at Rogues Park, a result that makes it 10 matches without a win in the Leicestershire Senior League for Cottesmore.
Both sides were reduced to ten men with Cottesmore boss Steve Duffy saying the referee could have shown more red cards.
Duffy said a foul on Tom Spawton sparked the melee, adding: “More could have gone. It wasn’t every player involved but quite a few – perhaps 17 or 18.
“One of their lads came in with a horrendous challenge – it was a leg-breaker of a tackle – and everyone just came in. Tom shoved their boy and both were sent off but another swung a punch.
“There was a wee bit of shenanigans.”
It proved a frustrating afternoon for Cottesmore who allowed their guests to take an early lead and after levelling conceded what turned out to be winner almost immediately.
Duffy said: “It was poor marking for their first goal. Their lad flicked it into the top corner but it was one of those that could have gone anywhere.
“We played all right in patches and just before half-time we got ourselves back in the game but within seconds they went back up the park and scored.”
Seb Archer-Fern scored Cottesmore’s equaliser.
Cottesmore’s top scorer, with a dozen strikes this season, was quickest to react and knock in the rebound when Alex Brown’s spot kick, awarded for a foul on Danny Bomkin, was saved.
The win was Kirby Muxloe’s fourth on the bounce with Vince Moore and Lee Linnett on target for the visitors while Cottesmore are suffering from having a small squad.
Hoping to take advantage of a series of home fixtures, Duffy added: “We should not have lost. In my opinion we were the better footballing side but we cannot buy a win at the moment.
“We were missing Eddie MacDonald, Tom Bain and Lee Wood, and when you have a squad of our size these things hurt you.
“We have a small squad and we are down to the bare bones.”
Cottesmore play Lutterworth Athletic at home on Saturday with Aylestone Park and Highfield Rangers visiting the following two Saturdays.
Cottesmore: A Brown, T Spawton, J Watchorn, D Bomkin, S Dalby, R Giblin, N Duncan, B Downing, M Feely, J Morton, S Archer-Fern. Subs: G Wilson, O McCann.