Cottesmore are on a roll

Fred Stannard in action for Cottesmore Amateurs v Kirby Muxloe Reserves. Match action. Photo: MSMP131012-041ow
Fred Stannard in action for Cottesmore Amateurs v Kirby Muxloe Reserves. Match action. Photo: MSMP131012-041ow
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Cottesmore Amateurs are climbing away from the foot of the table with an excellent 3-0 win at home to GNG on Saturday.

Amateurs were at the foot of the Leicestershire Senior League just a fortnight ago but a run of three games unbeaten with back-to-back wins has lifted them towards mid-table.

Fred Stannard, Dave Gordon and substitute goalkeeper Alex Brown, who came on as an outfield player, were on target at Rogues Park where new recruits have made a quick impact.

Goalscorer Stannard and goalkeeper Jordan King are among the arrivals and the management team of Gary Drake and Steve Duffy are becoming spoilt for choice for players.

Drake said: “We signed Fred Stannard from Arnold Town and Jordan King made his 
debut but we also had all the players available which makes a difference.

“We have still not had the same team twice in a row but we only had to make two changes this week.”

Cottesmore beat the league leaders Kirby Muxloe Reserves 1-0 a week earlier and Drake reckons that was a far better performance than Saturday’s.

“We were poor on Saturday but still won 3-0. Now we are looking to push on.”

Stannard opened the scoring on Saturday, heading home a Matt Panter corner after 30 minutes.

Gordon doubled Cottesmore’s lead with 15 minutes remaining, converting Martin Smith’s cross and Brown cut in from the right to fire into the top corner with five minutes remaining.

There was also time for Danny MacKay to thrash a shot against the GNG cross bar.

Cottesmore face Sileby Town away on Saturday and then at home a week later and Drake added: “If we can come out of that with four points I will be happy.”

Cottesmore’s joint boss has also relented after previously ruling Jamie McKay out of the team following what Drake saw as a needless red card earlier this season.

He added: “He has shown a great attitude and was our best player on Saturday.”

Drake’s management partner Steve Duffy added: “We are delighted, especially as we have kept two clean sheets.

“It shows we have turned things around.

“The atmosphere is really good and we are playing decent stuff.”

Cottesmore: Jordan King, Callum Pawley, Chris Shaw, Andy Teare, Jamie McKay, Andre Fontoura (Danny McKay), Matt Panter, Ian Harrison (Alex Brown), Dave Gordon, Fred Stannard, Harry Stannard (Martin Smith). Subs unused: Richard Giblin, Scott Harrison.