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Mixed week for Cottesmore AFC in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division




Cottesmore manager Rich Giblin admitted his feelings had gone across the footballing spectrum after his side were unable to build on Saturday's success in their midweek meeting with Sileby Town.

The Rutland side had recorded their first win of the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division campaign on Saturday when they beat Ellistown 5-1.

However, they then suffered their third reversal from four matches on Tuesday night in a 3-1 home loss to Sileby.

Mark Tinsley (right) scored his first goal for Cottesmore in the weekend win at Ellistown. (50824051)
Mark Tinsley (right) scored his first goal for Cottesmore in the weekend win at Ellistown. (50824051)

Cottesmore had been leading when Tom Caldicott netted for the second successive game to give them the advantage after the break.

They then thought their lead had been doubled when Aaron Ridout's header looked to have beaten the Sileby goalkeeper.

The referee initially awarded Cottesmore the goal but, after consulting with his assistant who was standing further away from the goal, he reversed his decision.

Sileby then made the most of the reprieve to equalise before scoring twice more in the latter stages of the match.

Giblin said: "Your feelings do go across the spectrum because we felt that after Saturday we were just getting underway and building that momentum so to lose on Tuesday night was a bit of a body blow.

"We played well for 70 minutes and did exactly what we had to do. We got a deserved goal and then thought when was the next one going to come.

"It's all changed though, in my opinion, on one decision. The referee had a really good view and was 15 yards away and gave it, but the linesman who was 35 yards away said it hadn't crossed the line.

"We were still in the lead and it gave Sileby a second wind. They were a good side who worked really hard and have a good structure to what they do.

"They got their tails up and thought there was probably something there for them because at 2-0 the game would have been dead.

"We didn't play well after that and have had a poor 20 minutes. Our heads went down and our fitness isn't really where it needs to be if I'm being brutally honest.

"We made poor decisions in the final third and didn't look after the ball, but I just feel that we've been on the end of a wrong decision.

"Hopefully we can recover because the focus now is about finding our feet and getting some rhythm and see where that takes us."

A hat-trick from Harry Stannard had helped Cottesmore secure their first win of the campaign at Ellistown on Saturday.

A slow start had seen Cottesmore fall behind after 10 minutes when Haydn Brown broke clear and lifted his finish over the advancing Alex Brown.

Cottesmore's response was swift and they soon levelled as Eddie McDonald set Caldicott free and he fired home the equaliser.

Stannard then sent an effort against the post before giving Cottesmore the lead when he netted from close range following Craig McJannet's corner.

The striker added his second and Cottesmore's third shortly after with a diving header after Caldicott, Ethan Milne and Harry Sabberton had combined well.

Mark Tinsley then opened his account for the club with Cottesmore's fourth goal before the break with another close range finish.

The pace of the game slowed down after the break but Cottesmore sealed the win with a fifth goal when the alert Danny Barker got to the ball first on the byline and pulled it back for Stannard to complete his hat-trick.

Ellistown finished the match with 10 men when Aaron Windram collected a second caution.

Giblin added: "We flipped the formation around a little bit which took a bit of getting used to and that cut us short in the first 15 minutes or so and they capitalised on it.

"The nice thing was though that after that we knuckled down and played the football and produced some nice stuff."



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