Amateurs are raring to get going again says Duffy

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Cottesmore’s joint boss Steve Duffy hopes the mid-winter break will have helped his players recuperate ahead of the run-in.

Cottesmore Amateurs are due to play Ashby Ivanhoe on Saturday and Duffy expects Fred Stannard, Jordan King, Callum Pauley and Ian Harrison to have benefitted from two weeks off.

“They all had little niggle,” said Duffy. “Hopefully the break has helped.”

The Rogues Park are still aiming for a top six spot in the Leicestershire Senior League but Duffy accepts “top half” may be more realistic.

“It’s going to be tough because the teams around us have games in hand,” said the Cottesmore boss.

“We have some of the top sides still to play but we have proved that we can compete and there’s no reason why we cannot do it again.

“From where we were last season, a top half finish would be moving forward and hopefully next year we can push on.”

Amateurs’ biggest problem could be the fixture list which leaves them with gaps between matches making it more difficult to build momentum.

After Saturday’s game, Cottesmore have no match on February 9 but then host Ashby on February 16.