On a bitterly cold afternoon Cottesmore Amateurs welcomed fourth place Glenfield United looking to build on their recent three successive wins.
With the wind blowing across the pitch the conditions were difficult for both sides but it was Cottesmore who started the stronger side and took the lead on five minutes when a Tom Atkins corner, was helped on by Tom Caldicott, and Shaun Denigan reacted quickest to fire the ball into the net from six yards.
Following this Caldicott had a half chance but was stretching for the ball and couldn’t get enough on it to divert it home and Denigan had another chance from a corner in a similar position but this time fired over. Glenfield were coming into the game and looked dangerous from set pieces with high and accurate balls into the Cotts box but the home side stood firm.
Cottesmore earned a point despite tough conditions. Photo: NEMM file image.
Atkins then managed to rob the keeper of the ball out on the wide right but couldn’t find the net with just a man on the line to beat. Glenfield then punished the home side at the very end of the first half when a defensive mix up left the tricky Glenfield winger through on goal and he confidently lifted the ball over Alex Brown in the Cotts goal to restore parity into the halftime break.
Into the second half and snow showers and wind were making it difficult for both sides to play any football. Cotts had an opportunity when from a corner the ball dropped to Aaron Ridout who swivelled and shot but the keeper made a decent save from point blank range. Danny Seals then fired over from distance and Caldicott had another opportunity that was saved by the keeper.
With tired legs on both sides the game was getting stretched and Glenfield had a chance to win the game but were denied by Brown and Darren Wilke making a last ditch clearance then at the death Caldicott was put through on goal and attempted to lift the ball over the onrushing keeper but his delicate finish wasn’t high enough and the keeper managed to get a hand to the ball to make the save.
A hard earned point for Cotts and opportunities to win the game but on balance both sides could have won it so another positive result for the tractor boys.
Cotts: Brown, Wilke (Burley), Ridout, Denigan, Cropper (Milne), McDonald, Luke Smith, Atkins (Topaloglu), Roberts (Seals), Tinsley, Caldicott