Amateurs’ solid defence secures another victory

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Cottesmore Amateurs notched up another good win on Saturday against Ashby Ivanhoe.

In a tight game and with defences on top form, chances were always going to be few and far between.

And fortunately it was the home side Cottesmore who managed to get the one and only goal 10 minutes before half-time.

Andre Fontoura put in a cross from the right after some good work with Luke Smith.

Striker Harry Stannard found a bit of space between Ashby’s defenders and didn’t miss with his head from 12 yards out.

In the second half both teams worked hard to limit opportunities and Cottesmore saw the game out to take three points.

Tom Spawton put in a man-of-the-match performance in defence. New signing John Rawdon also had a good game in the middle of the park along with Jack Tomblin.

Amateurs boss Neil Miller said: “It was a tough game and they were a good team who worked hard for themselves and so did we.

“I was pleased with the result and we were very solid at the back and we didn’t look like conceding.

“They could’ve been there until Sunday and still wouldn’t have scored. We defended really well.”

Miller picked out Spawton for praise, saying he didn’t put a foot wrong all match.

He added: “It was an 
all-round solid performance.”

Amateurs now face a trip to league leaders Desford in the Beacon Bitter Cup on Saturday before hosting Bitteswell at home next Saturday.

Desford, who have won five out of six, beat Amateurs 5-1 a few weeks ago so it’s going to be a tough ask for Cottesmore.

Miller said he also wanted to thank people for their support since the start of the season.

He said: “We’ve slowly started to get a few more people coming to watch and I just wanted to say thank you to them for their support. It is really appreciated by the lads.”