TWO red cards, two players told they will not play again and a 5-0 cup victory have marked a tempestuous week at Cottesmore Amateurs.
Amateurs have found the net 11 times in their two cup ties so far this season, with their latest a 5-0 hammering of Skillington in the Ancaster Cup.
Harry Stannard scored twice, Andy Teare converted a penalty, and Mark Cowling and Andre Fontoura were also on the scoresheet on Wednesday evening, and if the Rogues Park club can translate their cup form to the league, they’ll have a great season.
But two players who won’t feature again are Jamie McKay and Toby Shepherd. Joint boss Gary Drake said the pair will not play again as management take a hard line on discipline.
Jamie McKay talked himself into a red card during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Caterpillar and Drake said Shepherd will play no further part in his plans after missing the game on Saturday.
Drake said: “I was disappointed with the way McKay got sent off; and nobody has heard why Toby didn’t turn up – both have been released from the club.
“With Toby not turning up we had to reshuffle the side and Will Wells, who was not fully fit, had to start the match.”
Wells was caught out by Caterpillar’s winger in the first half and shown a straight red after bringing his opponent down in the penalty area.
“It was always going to be difficult with the sendings off,” said Drake. “For 35 minutes we played with nine men, did not concede and hit the post.”
It’s that attitude that he will be hoping Cottesmore show at Rothley Imperial when the sides meet in the Leicestershire Senior League tomorrow afternoon.
Kind had pulled a goal back for Cottesmore on Saturday after they had gone two down at Caterpillar. At that point they were already down to ten men following Wells’ dismissal which led to the opening goal, a 20th minute penalty.
Early in the second half, Caterpillar added their third, which Cottesmore felt was offside, and McKay received two swift yellows for disputing the decision.
Ian Harrison, has returned to football to bolster Amateurs’ midfield options and Drake was impressed by his first contributions.
Drake was also cautious not to read too much into Wednesday’s win adding: “They were not the best side we’ll meet this season but you still have to go out and win. It was a good reaction to Saturday.
“Mark’s was a good team goal, from good play from Ben Kind and Harry Stannard. Harry took both his goals well and Andre really deserved his goal. It was one of his best performances for us.”
Cottesmore’s penalty was awarded for handball.