Cottesmore are through to the next round of the Jelson Homes Leicestershire Senior Cup after victory over Hathern in penalty shoot-out at Westray Park
Cottesmore boss Rich Giblin praised the character of his players as they held their nerve to triumph in a penalty shoot-out at Westray Park on Tuesday night.
They defeated league rivals Hathern 4-3 on spot kicks after the two sides had shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw at the end of 90 minutes of the Leicestershire Senior Cup clash.
Goalkeeper Nathan Clare saved two penalties with Colton Cropper, Eathan Milne, Harry Stannard and Jake Robson all successfully scoring from the spot.
Giblin said: “Our penalties were really good quality while Nathan has made two crucial saves to help us through.
“It’s testament to the lads that nobody shirked the chance to take one. The players showed good character.
“It wasn’t a classic match, but we’ve got the job done. There are some big clubs in this competition so we wanted to win to have a chance of testing ourselves against them.”
Cottesmore, who were playing their fourth game in 10 days, rested Darren Wilke and Tom Pope for the first round tie while goalkeeper Jonny Hotson was away and work commitments ruled out Luke Smith.
Milne and Harry Sabberton both started on the bench along with Tom Atkins who is returning from injury.
Cottesmore took a 10th minute lead when Stannard finished well and they created several more chances to have put the game out of Hathern’s reach.
However, the visitors came more into the contest as the match wore on and eventually equalised with seven minutes remaining to take the tie into a penalty shoot where Cottesmore prevailed.
Giblin added: “We could have wrapped it up earlier, but credit to Hathern for staying in the game.
“Both sides were going through the motions a little bit, but we did let them back in it late on.
“We did make a lot of changes though and that probably took a while for the boys to adjust.
“But it’s good to know when we do that we can still come away with a win. We’re definitely going in the right direction which is a good place to be.”
Cottesmore – who also still in the Beacon Bitter League Cup and FA Vase – are without a game this Saturday before hosting near neighbours Asfordby on Tuesday night in the Premier Division.