Cottesmore having held Champions Rothley to a draw the previous week were very threatening with the pace of Archer-Fern and the intelligent running of Brockbank. The visitors however were extremely lucky when Matt Hendey
was upended by keeper Lewin and breathed a sigh of relieve when the referee waved play on, with the winger being injured by the challenge. On twenty minutes Cottesmore took the lead when Archer-Fern latched on to a loose clearance and despatched a low shot passed Perry. Cottesmore were themselves denied a good shout for a penalty before Sileby’s own danger man Marriot beat the off side trap and drilled a low shot passed Lewin to put the scores level.
Despite drawing level Sileby were still looking nervy and they found themselves behind once again when they twice made a mess of clearing their lines and Archer-Fern turned in a cross from close range. Sileby had their best spell of the half and only fine stops by Lewin form Marriot and Johnson plus two goal line clearances maintained Cottesmore’s lead.
The second half was an open affair with Lewin again denying Marriot with two more excellent stops and although both sides looked dangerous on the break the score remained at two one in favour of the visitors meaning an end to Sileby’s fine run.
“With players unavailable and a lot of the ones that did play having played four or five games in eight days and also losing Chris Wilson
and Matt Hendey
to injury, we were always going to be up against it. You have to give credit to Cottesmore who with all their uni lads back playing are a far stronger outfit than the side they normally field and they fully deserved their win. I just hope we can put in a strong performance in out final game this Saturday to round off what has been an excellent second half to our season.”