Victory lifts Cottesmore into top half of the table

Cottesmore Amateurs boss Steve Duffy Photo: MSMP011212-106js
Cottesmore Amateurs boss Steve Duffy Photo: MSMP011212-106js
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Cottesmore moved into the top half of the Leicestershire Senior League table on Saturday on the back of their fourth straight league win.

Amateurs won 3-0 at Sileby Saints with another solid display in defence and a newly-found ruthlessness up front.

The victory came on the back of a stuttering 2-1 triumph against Peterborough league side Baston in the Ancaster Cup and joint boss Steve Duffy said Saturday’s display was much better in all departments.

“We played very well,” he said. “It was a hard game on a small, narrow pitch and we did well to adjust.

“We are enjoying the run while we can.”

Jamie McKay cut in from the left midway through the first half to rifle the opening goal home.

Cottesmore were two up soon afterwards. Chris Shaw headed McKay’s free kick in off the crossbar. “It was a great header,” said Duffy.

Harry Stannard made it three in the second half, scoring after Alex Brown had turned the ball back across the box.

Cottesmore rarely looked in danger and when they did needlessly give away a penalty for handball, Saints contrived to miss the target entirely.

“Jordan pulled off a great save to tip the ball around he post and keep a clean sheet,” added the Cottesmore boss.

“Everybody is playing well right now. There is no reason why we cannot beat Birstall on Saturday and then Dunton and Broughton to keep the run going until Christmas - although the match against Baston was not our finest performance.”

Cottesmore won the cup tie 2-1 with a penalty from Andy Teare and a goal from open play from Martin Smith.

Cottesmore (v Sileby): Jordan King, Chris Pawley, Andy teare, Chris Shaw, Gary Drake, Harry Stannard, Ian Harrison (Rob Mason), Fred Stannard (Will Wells), Jamie McKay, Alex Brown (Scott Harrison), Martin Smith. Subs unused: Andre Fontoura, Danny McKay.

A fundraising night raised more than £1,000 for the club’s coffers last weekend.

Duffy said: “Thank you to everyone who helped at the quiz. Andy Teare and Gary Drake did a great job in organising it.”