Cottesmore Amateurs kick-off with pre-season win

Cottesmore Amateurs v Higfield Rangers. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140414-102549001
Cottesmore Amateurs v Higfield Rangers. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140414-102549001

Cottesmore came back to win their opening pre-season game of the season thanks to a stunning 25-yard free kick from Rob Mason late in the day.

Amateurs beat newly-formed Aslockton CFC, formerly known as Ck Dons, 2-1 in blistering heat.

Because of the conditions the sides played three 30-minute periods.

Aslockton had the better of the early exchanges and took the lead through Martin Maclean, who latched onto a long ball and went round the Cottesmore keeper to tap into the empty net.

Cottesmore responded well and in the second period were awarded a penalty which Callum Pawley converted.

The final period saw some entertaining football, with both teams playing end-to-end in pursuit of a winger.

The visitors had three chances to take the lead but a combination of good last-ditch defending, excellent goalkeeping and wastefulness allowed Amateurs to stay even.

In the final stages, Cottesmore forced the Aslockton keeper to make a fine save from a header low to his right and a couple of long range efforts just whistled inches wide. However, Mason produced a wonder strike which was good enough to win any match and gave the Rutland side a perfect start to their pre-season.

Cottesmore first team manager Neil Miller said: “I am hoping for more than last year. I know every manager says that but I would like to think that we will be better than last year.

“We are looking alright and we have done some good bits of business in the off season.”

Miller has brought in eight new players to strengthen his side and give him some squad depth to select from.

On Saturday Cottesmore tried out new combinations across the park.

Cottesmore played Langtoft United tonight.