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Cottesmore defeat ProChance Football Academy in the Leicestershire Senior League



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In-form Cottesmore completed a hat-trick of wins with victory in Saturday's first-ever Leicestershire Senior League meeting with ProChance Football Academy.

The 3-0 home success at Westray Park took Cottesmore's goal tally to 14 in their last three outings which have also featured three clean sheets.

Harry Stannard and Luke Smith netted in the opening period of the contest against their youthful visitors with Tom Caldicott sealing the success after the break.

Luke Smith netted Cottesmore's second goal. (53237642)
Luke Smith netted Cottesmore's second goal. (53237642)

Manager Rich Giblin said: "It was a tough game because ProChance are a good side. They are technical, very fast and move the ball around quickly so the physical side of our game had to come out.

"We played some really good football as well and knocked the ball around to stamp our authority on the game.

"It was pleasing to get the result but I was also delighted to get another clean sheet.

"It was our Achilles heel earlier in the season because we were conceding too many goals, but we have changed it around a little bit which seems to have worked."

Cottesmore made a strong start to the contest and had taken the lead inside the opening five minutes.

Mark Tinsley provided the first of his three assists as he set up Stannard who worked an opening before firing home a finish into the far corner from the edge of the area.

Eddie McDonald and Morgan Heppleston then linked well to find Tinsley whose cross was headed home by Luke Smith to double Cottesmore's advantage after just 15 minutes.

ProChance continued to look for a way back into the contest and it needed a couple of crucial saves from home goalkeeper Alex Brown to prevent the visitors from reducing the arrears before the break.

Cottesmore then regained the initiative after the break and added their third goal midway through the second period.

Mark Tinsley set up all three of Cottesmore's goals. (53237653)
Mark Tinsley set up all three of Cottesmore's goals. (53237653)

Caldicott - who had been denied by a smart save from the ProChance keeper in a one-on-one - volleyed home Tinsley's cross to seal the success.

ProChance still refused to roll over and tested Cottesmore's fitness to the final whistle but the Rutland side rose to the challenge to see out the contest.

They have now moved up to 10th place in the Premier Division ahead of this weekend's home match with Glenfield United who are in fourth spot.

Giblin added: "We will be up against a very good side this weekend who are going well but we can go into the game feeling confident.

"We want to be looking to push ourselves into the top four or six which wouldn't be too bad considering where we were at the beginning of the season after losing so many players.

"We want to be in that top bracket and we are starting to build something. It is all starting to click in but it's just a shame that it's taken us 10 games to get into it.

"We didn't have the best of pre-seasons which has really hurt us but hopefully we can kick on now and get something out of the season."

Cottesmore have been drawn away at Hathern in the next round of the Everards Tiger League Cup.

Cottesmore: Brown, Liam Smith (Cropper), Ridout, Wilke, McDonald (Roberts), Luke Smith, McJannet, Heppleston (Fortnam), Caldicott, Tinsley, Stannard.



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