Tom's thunderbolt secures victory late on for Amateurs
A thunderous strike from Tom Bendle extended Cottesmore Amateurs’ winning run to 12 games after a 1-0 home success over Sileby Town on Saturday.
Bendle blasted home the winning goal with just five minutes remaining of the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division clash at Westray Park.
It means Cottesmore are now unbeaten since mid-January after shrugging off a lack-lustre first period with a dominant second half display.
Manager Rich Giblin commented: “It was a good win, but we didn’t start very well.
“It was probably a case that, having done so well at Saffron the previous weekend, we thought we just had to turn up to get the win.
“We defended resolutely in the first half against a strong head-wind, but we were lack-lustre. It wasn’t exactly a telling off at half-time, but the players were told a few home truths.
“It’s not what we expect and the players had to step up and do better and, to be fair to them, the second half was relatively one-way traffic.
“We had three clear-cut chances before we managed to play a bit of football late on and Tom unleashed a thunderbolt of a strike to win it which was great.
“Our fitness is very good at the moment and that’s showing by how many late goals we are scoring in recent games.
“It’s another good win which extends our unbeaten run and takes us closer to where we want to be.”
Despite Cottesmore’s sluggish start, Sileby were unable to breach the home side’s disciplined defence in a goalless opening period as the visitors dominated possession.
Cottesmore upped their game after the break and Tom Pope had the first real chance of match only to be denied by a fine save from the Sileby goalkeeper in a one-on-one.
Danny Seals then flashed an effort just past the post before the skillful Eathan Milne created an opening but again the Sileby keeper came to his side’s rescue.
Cottesmore continued to push for the breakthrough which finally arrived with just five minutes of the contest remaining.
Wilson Iron – who had replaced the injured Aaron Hart – flicked the ball into the path of Bendle who took a touch before unleashing an unstoppable effort which rocketed into the net.
Amateurs then had to negotiate six minutes of injury-time, but goalkeeper Jonny Hotson remained largely untroubled to keep his second clean sheet in three games.
Cottesmore are at home again on Saturday when they host Ellistown before a derby duel with Asfordby Amateurs at Westray Park next Tuesday night (April 23).
Cottesmore: Hotson, Wilke, L Smith, Richards, Lomas, Bendle, Sabberton, J Smith, Hart, Milne, Pope. Subs used: Seals, Iron.