Cottesmore aiming to secure promotion from the Leicestershire Senior League
Manager Rich Giblin is urging his Cottesmore charges to finish their super season with a flourish.
The Rutland club have already enjoyed a record-breaking run in the FA Vase this season and won through to the final of the Beacon Hill League Cup for first time in their history on Tuesday night with a convincing 6-1 home success over Thurnby Rangers.
Their current second place in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division table is also the highest standing the Westray Park club has achieved in many years.
That could lead to a possible promotion to the next level of the non-league pyramid which would cap a perfect season for Cottesmore.
Giblin said: "The boys have been superb to get us in this position and it would be great to take it through all the way.
"We know that none of the remaining 11 games will be easy and that every team will be looking to knock us off our perch.
"It's obviously down to Allexton to lose it, but we have got to put ourselves into a position to take advantage if they slip up.”
Cottesmore visit third-placed Friar Lane & Epworth on Saturday looking to extend their eight point advantage over the hosts.
They have also played two games fewer than Friar Lane and are the strongest challengers to unbeaten league leaders Allexton & New Parks.
Giblin added: “Friar Lane are a decent side who have just slipped up a couple of times this season.
"It's a really important game for us because we've still got to play them twice.
"We've got a mixed bag of games left. There are some that we're expected to win, but they will all be difficult.
"We've just got to keep plugging away and scrapping out the wins. There's not going to be any easy games and we won't have any comfortable wins at this time of the season.
"Teams are fighting to put points on the board. Those behind us are desperate to try and catch us.
"We've got a third of the season to go so we've just got to keep doing what we're doing.”
Cottesmore have bolstered their squad this week by signing former Sleaford Town play-maker Liam Harper.
The attacking midfielder has made the move to Westray Park from United Counties League Division One side Harrowby United.
Giblin commented: "Liam's had an injury and has come to us and said that he was interested in signing because he wants to play some football.
"He'll be a quality addition to the squad that we've got. He can play in a number of attacking positions which was part of the attraction."
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