Cottesmore revival promises a great year ahead

Action from Cottesmore v Dunton and Broughton'Photo: MSMP011212-084js
Action from Cottesmore v Dunton and Broughton'Photo: MSMP011212-084js
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Cottesmore Amateurs chairman Allan Westray predicts a bright future for his side who go into their first match of 2013 tomorrow.

Amateurs travel to Stapenhill with a five-match unbeaten run in the Leicestershire Senior League and with high hopes of moving up from their current seventh spot.

After a difficult start to the season, the squad forged by the management duo of Gary Drake and Steve Duffy began to gel.

Drake, who joined Duffy at the helm in the summer brought in skipper Andy Tear and Westray believes the arrival of the pair has been a catalyst in Cottesmore’s change in fortune.

“It took a while for the lads to gel but now we have gone on a little run and I think we deserved it,” said Westray who is aiming for at least a top six spot.

“Considering that we were bottom for a few games, that would be quite an achievement.

“It’s not really surprised me. If you get one or two wins under your belt it changes things and there were a number of times early on when we did not get anything from a game that we should have done.”

“The squad is looking promising and we are looking forward to the second half of the season with a view to kicking on next year with a settled squad.

He added: “Gary and Steve are working very well together. Gary is doing a fantastic job in his first year as manager but Steve deserves a massive amount of credit for keeping it going.”

Crucially Drake has been able to use his contacts in the game to draft in players to strengthen the squad, which now has a core of around 25.

“I am loathed to pick one player out but one of the main signings is Jordan King, along with Andy Teare. They have been instrumental to the recent success but all the players are doing their bit. They really are playing for each other.”

The club also plans to relaunch the U18 and reserves sides in time for the 2013-14 season. Players interested should contact Allan on 01572 724275 or Gary Drake on 07857 072745.