Cottesmore AFC progress in the Everards Tiger League Cup with victory over Magna 73 at Westray Park
Manager Rich Giblin feels good availability of players has been the key to Cottesmore hitting a decent run of form.
The Westray Park side followed up last week’s six-goal home league win against FC Khalsa by recording a 5-0 victory against Magna 73 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Everards Tiger League Cup.
They had 19 players available for the midweek cup clash, despite missing the quartet of Aaron Ridout, Danny Barker, Shaun Denigan and Luke Smith due to work commitments.
And they produced a fine all-round performance as goals from Tom Caldicott (two), Liam Smith (two) and Mark Tinsley secured their place in the last 16.
Boss Giblin said: “The availability is making the difference because players are now not on holiday or at weddings like earlier in the season.
“It was a good performance on Tuesday night and the boys did well. We went out and picked up where we had left off against Khalsa the previous weekend.
“It was in the back of your mind that we’d had a week off at the wrong time because we hadn’t played on Saturday which wasn’t ideal.
“But we got the ball down and played again and we’re now starting to convert our chances whereas in previous parts of the season we missed two or three good opportunities and then conceded.
“We are finding ourselves scoring the opportunities which then gives us a bit of confidence to play.
“It’s has been a transitional period this season. We have brought new players in who are starting to settle and it’s now all falling into place.
“We won this cup competition two seasons ago and we want to do well in it again. If you’re winning games in it then hopefully it will feed into the league.”
Cottesmore took the lead inside the opening five minutes on Tuesday night as a superbly-executed corner from Eathan Milne was headed home from close range by Smith.
The hosts continued to create the better chances with Tinsley, Caldicott and Harry Stannard all going close to increasing their advantage.
The lead was then doubled before the interval when Stannard fed Tinsley who laid the ball out wide for the impressive Morgan Heppleston whose pinpoint cross was nodded home by Caldicott.
Cottesmore continued to hold the upper hand after the break and Caldicott fired home into the bottom corner for their third goal.
Tinsley then tucked away a corner from Craig McJannet before Smith sealed Cottesmore’s win with their fifth goal from another setpiece.
Magna rallied late on as they looked for a consolation but Alex Brown in the home goal made a couple of tidy saves to keep a second successive clean sheet.
Cottesmore now return to Premier Division action this weekend when they host league newcomers ProChance Academy who are made up of young players recently released from professional clubs.
Giblin added: “It will be a tough game as ProChance have started to kick on in recent weeks.
“We will see how we get on because we don’t really know what to expect but we will go into it full of confidence.
“If we can string two or three results together in the league then it will throw us right back up to where we need to be.”
Cottesmore: Brown, Smith, Wilke, Fortnam (Fontoura), Milne (McJannet), Caldicott, McDonald (Roberts), Seals, Heppleston, Tinsley (Burley), Stannard.
Cottesmore’s Development side bowed out of the City Goldsmiths President’s Trophy on Saturday after a 4-1 away loss against Ingles Reserves. Joe Hatherill hit their goal.