Cottesmore move into second spot in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division after victory over Ellistown at Westray Park
Cottesmore extended their Leicestershire Senior League winning streak to 10 games despite an uninspired performance in Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Ellistown.
Andre Fontoura’s second half goal was enough to send Cottesmore up into second spot in the Premier Division standings.
But it was an indifferent display from Rich Giblin’s side as both teams struggled to create clear-cut openings at a wind-swept Westray Park.
He said: “We didn’t play last week and, with New Year in between as well, it looked like it had thrown the boys off a bit.
“We huffed and puffed, but never really got into our stride.
“We were slow out of the blocks and looked a bit ring-rusty.
“It was probably the one bit of quality in the game that settled it.”
An uneventful opening saw both sides struggle to adapt to the strong wind which was blowing right across the pitch.
Neither goalkeeper was troubled in the opening 30 minutes before Cottesmore gradually started to get on top.
Tom Pope collected a corner on the edge of the Ellistown box only to see his well-struck shot diverted behind by team-mate Tom Atkins before the home side’s top goalscorer blazed over after Harry Stannard had created an opening.
With manager Giblin calling for an improvement all over the pitch at the break, Cottesmore started to play the ball more on the floor in the second half.
And their best move of the match led to the all-important winner just before the hour mark as Jordan Smith’s cross from the right picked out Fontoura who guided the ball home.
Fontoura was then forced off after dislocating his shoulder, but Cottesmore were able to see out the remainder of the game without any major concerns.
Ellistown sent a late rally of crosses into the home box, but strong defending by Cottesmore ensured a second successive clean sheet for recent goalkeeping recruit Alexander Egner.
Giblin added: “The conditions didn’t help and a few of the lads said afterwards that they weren’t feeling great so we did what we needed to do.
“We didn’t play well, but we still came out the other side with a win.”
Cottesmore: Egner, Dennigan, L Smith, Bendle, Atkins, Fontoura, Robson, J Smith, Sabberton, Stannard, Pope. Subs used: Iron, Milne, Waby.
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