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Cottesmore host Thurnby Rangers at Westray Park in the Everards Restart Premier Division Cup

Cottesmore boss Rich Giblin feels his side will have renewed motivation for their must-win final group match of the Everards Restart Premier Division Cup on Saturday.

The Rutland side host Thurnby Rangers at Westray Park where a victory for Cottesmore will secure second spot in Group B and their place in the next stage of the Leicestershire Senior League competition.

Cottesmore had fallen to their first reversal of the competition last Saturday with a 3-1 away defeat at Hathern.

Tom Pope scored the spot for Cottesmore on Saturday. (46856586)
Tom Pope scored the spot for Cottesmore on Saturday. (46856586)

But Hathern then did Cottesmore a favour on Tuesday night when they beat Thurnby 3-0 which means the quest to secure the final qualification place will go down to a last game group decider.

Giblin said: "We have struggled to get into this competition and we were just outbattled by Hathern on Saturday.

"We couldn't argue with the result because Hathern just wanted it a lot more than we did and they played some good stuff.

"There was maybe an element that they wanted to get something back on us from the league cup final in pre-season which is fair enough because we would have approached it exactly the same way.

"Maybe we are not as focussed as we could be or as sharp as we were.

"It's obviously great when you win every week but sometimes you can lose that desire to win so a couple of defeats in competitions that aren't particularly important isn't a bad thing because it makes us realise that we not infallible.

"We have to work to win games and we can't just roll up and win them.

"The result in midweek means that we will go into Saturday's game with renewed motivation to get something from it."

Cottesmore - who have submitted their application for promotion to step six for next season - were missing a number of first team regulars for Saturday's match at Hathern with Eddie McDonald, Danny Seals, Craig McJannet, Colton Cropper and Harry Stannard all absent.

They fell behind early on when Jack McLachlan got the wrong side of the Cottesmore defence and finished off the through ball.

A contentious penalty following a foul on Danny Barker then allowed Cottesmore to equalise through Tom Pope's successful spot kick conversion.

The visitors then had a stronger shout for another spot kick turned down before Hathern regained the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Alex Brown - who had been the busier of the two keepers in the opening half - made an excellent save to turn an effort from a setpiece onto the crossbar but Jake Maden reacted first to score the rebound.

The hosts then sealed their success to maintain their unbeaten record in the competition in the second period when Liam Bailey beat the offside trap and finished smartly past Brown.

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