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In-form Cottesmore hoping to make the most of home advantage

Cottesmore Amateurs joint boss Alex Cross is urging his charges to make the most of an opportunity to continue their rise up the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division rankings.

The in-form Westray Park side are seeking a fifth successive victory this weekend when they entertain 11th-placed Blaby and Whetstone on Saturday.

It is the first of back-to-back games for Cottesmore against a Blaby side who have won three of their 10 league matches so far this season.

Cottesmore moved up to sixth spot last weekend after a 6-0 away win at Allexton and New Park and Cross is eager for his side to maintain their winning ways.

Tom Pope is backing in training with Cottesmore after an injury against Saffron Dynamo. (5150651)
Tom Pope is backing in training with Cottesmore after an injury against Saffron Dynamo. (5150651)

He said: “It's a good opportunity for us on Saturday to continue the winning run.

"If we can keep picking up wins then we can start looking up rather than over our shoulders.

"It's all really positive at the moment, but we need to keep pushing the group.

"It was not as tidy a performance as we would have liked on Saturday, but it's given us an opportunity to keep the feet the firmly on the floor.

"It's really enjoyable for the lads and managers at the moment, but we are conscious about getting too carried away.”

Amateurs have also been boosted by striker Tom Pope moving closer to fitness after a knee injury sustained against Saffron Dynamo at the start of September.

Pope had scored six goals in five games before being sidelined by injury with Harry Stannard since taking over the goalscoring duties with nine goals in the last six games.

Fellow frontman Shaun Smith also scored twice for the reserves on Saturday as they won for the first time this season in Division Two.

Cross commented: “It was a real positive for Shaun and for the management team as well.

“We want to utilise the reserves by giving lads a game when they need one. Harry has been on such good form so Shaun needed some game time.

"He scored two goals which will boost his confidence. It's how it should work at a club with players stepping down or others moving up when required.

"It's a great attitude for the players to have. It’s like going back 15 years because the lads at the club just want to play football.

“It's really good that there's that understanding. The club is such a tight knit, well-run entity.

"It leaves us to concentrate on getting things right on the pitch rather than having to deal with other elements.

"There is so much potential. It's one of the reasons I wanted to take the job.

"We are not getting carried away though, but it's a great chance to move the club forward."

Cottesmore have drawn neighbours Melton Town in the quarter-finals of the Jelson Homes Leicestershire Senior Cup.

The game will be played on Tuesday, November 27, at Melton Sports Village, 7.30pm kick-off.

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