‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Amateurs aiming to make amends

Football.
Football.

Cottesmore Amateurs have an early chance to make amends for one of the worst performances of the season tomorrow when they face Shepshed Dynamo Reserves for the second time in a week.

Amateurs lost 3-0 at home to the Dynamo second string at Rogues Park on Saturday in a performance described as “simply awful” by manager Neil Miller.

But they bounced back on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over FC GNG, and this time the manager praised his players for an excellent performance,

The puzzle for tomorrow is, which Cottesmore side will turn up - Tuesday’s focused, committed outfit, or the complacent, sloppy side of three days earlier?

Miller said: “We are a real Jekyll and Hyde side. We were awful on Saturday, but much better on Tuesday when we didn’t give the opposition any time on the ball.

“We have to be consistent and concentrate on playing our game right from the start.

“Shepshed will think they can pick up another easy three points, but if we play as we can, we can get a result against any team in the league.”

Miller made four changes for Tuesday night’s game, starting with Danny Sutton, Josh Dixon, Sam Shuttlewood and Robbie Preira. And the side certainly looked a tighter, and more potent unit.

GNG managed only two chances in the game, and Cottesmore always looked the most likely to score.

They went ahead on 55 minutes when Harry Stannard
bundled a cross over the line and doubled the lead ten minutes later when Preira fired in a rocket. Dave Gordon wrapped it up with 10 minutes left after he was put through by Shuttlewood.

It was so different from Saturday, when Cottesmore dominated early on and then lost their composure, leaving gaps at the back which were decisively exploited in the 25th, 28th and 90th minutes.