Struggling Cottesmore Amateurs a month without a win

Cottesmore Amateurs v Sileby Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141016-124056001
Cottesmore Amateurs v Sileby Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141016-124056001

Life is pretty tough for Cottesmore Amateurs at the moment, the Rutland club are currently on a five-game losing streak in the Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division and have not picked up any points since September 6.

Their poor form, which included a 3-1 home loss to Sileby Town on Tuesday night, has seen them drop down to 16th in the 18 team division; with just five points to show from their 11 games.

Fourth place Sileby, who are one of a long list of strong teams Cottesmore have faced recently, took advantage of the Amateurs hesitancy in defence and made real headway attacking the space between midfield and defence early on.

In the first half Matthew Jelly struck twice for the visitors to make it an uphill struggle for Amateurs.

Cottesmore manager Neil Miller made adjustments to his defence, pushing them higher up the field and the tactical manoeuvre paid off with the home side gaining increasing dominance which brought a goal for Alex Macchie.

Goals were free-flowing for Cottesmore at the start of the year but in the last month they have dried up, netting just twice in the four games before Tuesday’s loss.

However Robbie Preira and Jordan Smith both went close to levelling the score but just before half time Amateurs were struck a bitter blow went a risky cross-field ball from Tow Spawton was incepted by Sileby’s Leo Coggan who bore down on the Cottesmore goal and beat the keeper.

However despite Cottesmore’s poor run of form there was no shortage of confidence from the home side after the break and they almost pulled a goal back through Mackie who must of thought he had done enough to score when he directed Andre Fontura’s cross pass the keeper. But an alert Sileby defender cleared the shot off the line.

Fortune was not favouring Cottesmore and Robbie Aldridge was desperately unlucky to see his effort rebound off the upright. So despite a rousing second half effort they had nothing to show from it on the scoreboard come the final whistle.

Cottesmore have their best chance of breaking their slump tomorrow when they face rock bottom side Houghton Rangers away. Their opponents on Saturday have had an even worse time of it in the league picking up just a single point.

Amateurs’ league position is probably harsh on a club who play some decent football and Cottesmore have pushed most of their opponents incredibly close this season but are just missing the final 10 percent needed to turn draws into wins, and losses into league points.