Cottesmore win opening home game of the Leicestershire Senior League campaign after defeating Ashby Ivanhoe Knights in new kit sponsored by Wax On Wax Off Valeting and Detailing
A flying start set Cottesmore on their way to victory in their first home match of the Leicestershire Senior League campaign on Saturday.
Rich Giblin’s charges scored twice in the opening 12 minutes of a 3-0 Premier Division victory over newly-promoted Ashby Ivanhoe Knights at Westray Park.
It sparked a polished performance as Cottesmore bounced back from last weekend’s opening day defeat at Barlestone.
Giblin was pleased with the display of his players who were accompanied onto the pitch by the club’s newly-formed Under 11s side while wearing their new kit which has been sponsored in a two-year deal by Wax On Wax Off Valeting and Detailing.
Giblin said: “It was a bit of a special day for the club and the lads really put in a performance.
"We wanted to get as many people there as possible as the ground looks a lot different now with paving around it and new sponsor boards up.
"It was good - a much better performance than last week.
"The attitudes were spot on and Bruce Poynter and I couldn't have asked for any more.
"We had Danny Seals, Jordan Smith and Harry Sabberton back which made a huge difference for us.
"The boys came out of the blocks really well. It was a good start which set the tone for the game.”
Cottesmore made a slight change to how they played with skipper Smith lining up alongside Tom Pope in their attack.
And the move immediately paid dividends within the first three minutes as Pope, who caused problems for the Knights defence all afternoon, pressured the visiting back-line and goalkeeper into a mix-up. The ball broke out to Smith who, 25 yards out with an open goal, tapped home.
The lead was doubled after 12 minutes when last season’s top scorer Pope smashed home a left-footed strike into the bottom corner.
The hosts then suffered a setback when Eathan Milne was forced off with a hamstring injury which slightly knocked Cottesmore off their stride.
Ashby created couple of half chances which were easily dealt with by Cottesmore custodian Jonny Hotson before the visitors changed their shape for the second half.
They went with two up front and the move sparked a good 20-minute spell as they created their best chances of the game.
However, Cottesmore rallied in the stifling hot conditions and sealed their success with the goal of the game.
Hotson started the move by bowling the ball out wide. It was then played through the midfield to Smith who picked out Andre Fontoura who beat his man before firing home.
Giblin added: “Andre missed most of last season with a serious knee injury so we were pleased for him.
"He's done well in a couple of games in pre-season so it's good to see him back and he strengthens what we've already got.”
Cottesmore: Hotson, Waby, Wilke, L Smith, Cropper, Bendle, Sabberton, Seals, Pope, J Smith, Milne. Subs used: Fontoura, Green. Not used: Lomas, McJanet.
Cottesmore now a have two-week break from league action as they are in the FA Vase on Saturday at Radford before visiting Earl Shilton the following weekend in the Beacon Hill League Cup.