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Cottesmore move up to fifth place in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division after victory over FC Khalsa

Cottesmore continued their rise up the Leicestershire Senior League rankings by moving up to fifth spot in the Premier Division table after a 6-3 home success over FC Khalsa on Saturday.

Despite being without the services of top scorer Tom Pope, they still hit the back of the net six times to take their tally to 10 goals in two games following last Tuesday’s triumph against Asfordby.

They had to overcome a ‘rocky patch’ in an opening period which saw the sides share six goals before scoring a further three times without reply after the break.

Robbie Preira and Jordan Smith both scored twice for Cottesmore on Saturday. (18827832)
Robbie Preira and Jordan Smith both scored twice for Cottesmore on Saturday. (18827832)

Manager Rich Giblin said: “It was a good game for people to watch, but we probably made harder work of it than we needed to.

“We took a little bit longer to get going which might have been a hangover from Tuesday’s game or having to make a couple of changes to the line-up.

“We started well, but then had a rocky patch where we just couldn’t get the ball down and play our football.

“We probably expected an easier game than it was and our standards dropped, but we had a chat at half-time and the second half was a different matter.

“We must have created a dozen chances so the game probably wasn’t as close as the scoreline suggests.

“We went up through the gears when we needed to. It was a pleasing result and it’s moved us into an area of the league table where we want to be.”

Cottesmore were also without centre-back Darren Wilke for Saturday’s clash while Eathan Milne and James Waby both started on the bench.

After Jake Robson had seen an early effort hit the crossbar, they broke the deadlock when the returning Robbie Preira fired home a strong finish from close range.

Khalsa though defied their bottom of the table position and got back on level terms with a penalty following a foul in the box.

This boosted Khalsa and a well-struck effort gave them lead before skipper Jordan Smith got Cottesmore back on level terms as he rounded the goalkeeper before slotting home.

Preira headed Cottesmore in front, but the lead was short-lived as a defensive mistake allowed a Khalsa forward to sprint clear and score.

Cottesmore reasserted their authority after the break and, after Preira was fouled in the box, the reliable Colton Cropper converted the spot kick.

Cropper then turned provider as his long range pass bisected the back four for Robson to convert for Cottesmore’s fifth.

Smith then sealed the win by side-footing home into the bottom corner moments after Milne had seen a shot from distance rattle the crossbar.

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