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Manager Rich Giblin admitted that a slow start to Saturday's home match against high-flying Thurnby Rangers had been the downfall of his side.

Cottesmore conceded two goals in the early exchanges while also suffering a double injury blow in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division clash at Westray Park.

Centre-half Darren Wilke was forced to withdraw after the warm-up while Shaun Denigan was taken off after a clash of heads which required stitches in the wound.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410986)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410986)

Thurlby took full advantage and then added a third goal during the first half before Cottesmore cut the deficit ahead of half-time through Tom Caldicott's penalty.

Cottesmore improved after the break but their hopes of getting back into the contest were then dashed when Caldicott saw his second spot kick superbly saved after an incident that saw Thurnby reduced to 10 men.

Giblin said: "The slow start absolutely killed us.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410957)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410957)

"We had good numbers this week with the lads showing their commitment but we then lost Darren in the warm-up with a niggle from the previous week.

"We had to shift a few things around and Thurnby are a decent side who arrived full of confidence and, when we conceded after just two minutes, it does make things difficult.

"We then lost Shaun with a head injury five minutes later and they've scored a second goal not long after that so we're 2-0 down inside 15 minutes and we've lost two players.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410965)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410965)

"We steadied the ship a bit but Thurnby had a the lion's share of the possession and we just don't have the confidence at the moment.

"We're on a weird run where we win a couple and then lose a couple and we're getting into positions around the box where you would normally hit shots or have a go but we're trying to over-work the ball."

Thurnby had hit the front when they won a crunching tackle and the ball richocheted into the path of Josh Crossley who cracked home the opening goal.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410972)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410972)

Crossley then added a second shortly after Denigan's departure with home goalkeeper Alex Brown making a couple of good saves to ensure the deficit stayed the same.

Crossley did complete his hat-trick before the break but Cottesmore were then given a lifeline following a foul in the box and Caldicott converted the first spot kick.

Eathan Milne and Tom Atkins came on after the break to increase Cottesmore's attacking options before Thurnby were reduced to 10 men following an off the ball incident in the penalty area.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410996)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52410996)

Caldicott saw his second penalty brilliant saved by the Thurnby goalkeeper which allowed the visitors to see out the contest and secure the three points.

Giblin added: "We said at half-time that we just needed to do everything a bit better.

"We were trying to carve stuff out and the second half was much more balanced and the performance was heartening.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411000)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411000)

"The second penalty and sending off was a big point in the game because, had that gone in, we were pushing at that point and we might have come away with a point at best."

Cottesmore: Brown, Fortnam (Robson), Denigan (Liam Smith), Luke Smith, Maxwell (Milne), Barker, Sabberton, Caldicott, McDonald, Roberts (Atkins), Tinsley.

Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411005)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411005)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411009)
Cottesmore were beaten 3-1 in their home match with Thurnby Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Alan Walters (52411009)


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