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Cottesmore move into fourth place in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division with victory over County Hall

Cottesmore continued their run of fine form with a comfortable four-goal home success against County Hall on Saturday.

The victory at Westray Park moved Rich Giblin's side up into fourth place in the Premier Division table and extended their unbeaten Leicestershire Senior League run to seven games.

It was a dominant display from the Rutland side which pleased Giblin who felt his charges could easily have added to their four-goal tally.

Harry Stannard scored twice for Cottesmore. (23161500)
Harry Stannard scored twice for Cottesmore. (23161500)

He said: "The boys did really well. We didn't know what to expect from County Hall, but they had a couple of players who we've come across at other clubs who are quite handy.

"We had a strong squad and went about our business really well. It could have been 10-0 on the chances we created.

"We seemed to put away the hard chances and miss the easy ones. We had plenty of the game and kept the ball well though which was pleasing."

With Adam Lomas unavailable, Luke Smith returned in the only change to the starting line-up from the previous week's 4-3 win at FC GNG with Colton Cropper and Tom Atkins back on the bench for Cottesmore.

They started brightly and top scorer Tom Pope saw a couple of early chances go begging as they looked for the breakthrough.

Pope then linked up well with strike partner Harry Stannard who gave Cottesmore the lead as left a defender in his wake before steering his shot into the corner of the net.

The advantage was then doubled as an excellent through ball from Jake Robson released Pope who rounded the keeper and slammed home Cottesmore's second goal.

County Hall responded with a flurry of corners which were comfortably dealt with by the Cottesmore rearguard who kept their visitors at bay throughout the afternoon.

A third goal followed early in the second half after Cottesmore had again missed a couple more gilt-edged chances.

Stannard, who had missed from two yards out moments earlier, scored the third from a far more difficult chance as his quick feet sent the keeper and defender the wrong way before firing home.

The victory was then sealed after skipper Jordan Smith's surge down the left was halted by a foul in the penalty area.

That allowed Cropper to announce his arrival on the pitch by converting the resultant spot kick with his usual aplomb.

County Hall then started to lose their discipline and had a player dismissed with another being sin-binned.

Cottesmore travel to FC Khalsa on Saturday where victory will move them into third place as Sileby Town are without a game at the weekend.

Giblin's side then entertain Sileby on Wednesday night (December 11) in the quarter-final of the Beacon Hill League Cup.

Cottesmore: Hotson, Waby, Wilke, L Smith, Bendle, Sabberton, Robson, McJanet, Pope, Stannard, J Smith. Subs used: Atkins, Cropper, Dawson.

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