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Green grabs hat-trick in comfortable home success

A confidence-boosting seven-goal haul on Saturday over bottom side Kirby Muxloe Reserves has set Cottesmore Amateurs up for a tough run of Leicestershire Senior League fixtures.

Rich Giblin’s side are unbeaten in their last five league and cup games after a comfortable Premier Division win over the basement side at Westray Park.

But they face a rapidly-improving Allexton and New Parks this Saturday before matches against high-flying Thurnby Rangers and FC GNG in the following weeks.

Ben Richards doubled Cottesmore's lead on Saturday. (7418099)
Ben Richards doubled Cottesmore's lead on Saturday. (7418099)

Manager Giblin commented: “Saturday was a game we expected to win and it was very comfortable, but we still had a job to do and you can only beat whoever is put in front of you.

“There are no free points in this league and all the games are competitive. Kirby were a young side who are rebuilding for the future.

“But we put to bed that problem we’ve had in a couple of games where we haven’t converted the chances we created.

“We were a bit more direct and, all in all, it was a good result after another encouraging performance.

“The attitude was good and we’ll need that to continue for some tough games coming up. Allexton’s results have really started to pick up in the last couple of weeks and then we’ve got a run of matches against the sides in the top six or seven bracket.”

Cottesmore were boosted by the return of Matty Green on Saturday and he opened the scoring after a strong run into the box was matched by a solid finish.

The lead was then doubled when Colton Cropper’s corner was headed home at the back post by his central defensive partner Ben Richards.

However, Amateurs were rocked by Kirby reducing the deficit as they failed to clear their lines and Mitchell Dublin nipped in to round Jonny Hotson before hitting goalwards with Richards unable to prevent the goal despite a last-ditch clearance.

Cottesmore regained their composure though and restored their two-goal advantage with Tom Pope beating the full-back before crossing for Green to smash home on the half-volley.

The hosts switched to a 3-5-2 formation for the second period and struck a quick-fire goal double shortly after the restart.

Pope looped home a header to make it 4-1 before Green rounded off a fine passing move for Cottesmore’s fifth which completed his hat-trick.

An own goal from a corner then added to Muxloe’s misery before Pope completed the scoring with his 13th goal of the season from 14 appearances.

Giblin added: “Having Matty Green back made a big difference because he was very direct with his running and they didn’t have an answer to it.

“We conceded a sloppy goal at 2-0 which threw us off a bit for about 20 minutes, but we changed the formation at half-time and that worked straight away.”

Cottesmore will welcome back Danny Seals for Saturday’s home clash with Allexton after completing his four-match suspension.

Danny Seals is back this weekend after completing a four-match suspension. (7418101)
Danny Seals is back this weekend after completing a four-match suspension. (7418101)

Jack Whyley could also be available again, but family commitments will mean that Jordan and Luke Smith miss the match while Craig McJannet could be ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

Liam Smith has returned to Harrowby United following their change in management while Cottesmore have signed Grantham Town youngster Makhale Mahlatsi who has made substitute appearances in the last couple of games.

Cottesmore: Hotson, Atkins, Richards, Cropper, Hamnett, Mellor, Bendle, L Smith, Green, Pope, J Smith. Subs: Lomas, Wilke, Mahlatsi.

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