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Cottesmore AFC defeat Desford in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division

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Jordan Smith struck a hat-trick as Cottesmore climbed into third spot in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division table on Tuesday night.

Smith's treble and Mark Tinsley's 22nd goal of the season secured a 4-1 win for the Rutland side at Desford as they played their fourth game in 10 days.

They have now taken 10 points from their quartet of games ahead of Saturday's final home game of the season against league champions Rugby Borough.

Jordan Smith (56315427)
Jordan Smith (56315427)

Cottesmore were boosted on Tuesday night by the inclusion of the dual registered Smith along with Cottesmore old boys Tom Bendle and Ben Richards to help with the hectic schedule which had seen them draw 1-1 with ProChance Academy at Quorn on Saturday.

Manager Rich Giblin said: "We did really well against a Desford side who are very good on their 4G pitch.

"Playing on that surface at the weekend did help us because we were already in the mind-set that we needed to get the ball down and play.

"But we didn't have any of the back three from the weekend available so had to change things around due to injuries and availability.

"We have tried to pull in players who have been linked to the club before to just help us out and get us over the line."

Desford had started the better of the two teams but Cottesmore soaked up the early pressure and were then gifted the opening goal.

Smith cut out a pass across the Desford defence to give Cottesmore an early lead on Tuesday night before he was teed up by Tinsley for a smart finish to double the lead.

Tinsley then hit the post from a Smith cross before smashing home the rebound to give Cottesmore a three-goal interval lead.

The first half goals took the sting out the hosts after the break and Smith completed his hat-trick with 10 minutes of the match remaining with Tinsley again the provider before Desford netted a late consolation.

Giblin added: "It was a good night's work.

"We again had difficulties with lads arriving late from work and had to move the whole team around to accommodate the players we could get hold of.

"It was very pleasing overall and we now have two very difficult games to finish the season."

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