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Wed 22 Feb 2023  ·  Everards Brewery Premier Division
Ellistown FC
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F Pope (58')
Cottesmore AFC
Ellistown FC v Cottesmore FC

Ellistown FC v Cottesmore FC

Andrew Grout23 Feb 2023 - 10:00
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Town find another way to lose a game

Being a Chelsea fan, I could write a long report on my views on the club and Graham Potter. I don't need to do that as Ellistown FC are having the exact same season. We have signed players from every part of Leicestershire. The only difference we have not spent £600M, then again, the running costs of the club make it feel like £600M.

We know this is a wasted season and we are putting all our eggs into next season's basket resulting in losing more games this season then draw\win as Nick and the management team put the team together without the pressure of getting a result.

Even so, like the Chelsea v Southampton result, this 4-1 home defeat is hard to take especially when you dominated the game for 72 minutes, had the lead and were frustrating a Cottesmore side smarting from a 5-0 defeat last time out.

In those 72 minutes, for the first time in a long time, we played like a team rather than individuals and had Farren Pope's shot from the half way line not hit the crossbar with the goalkeeper rooted to the penalty spot then we would have gone in at half-time 1-0 up and deservedly so.

EFC 0-0 Cotts HT

Cottesmore came out for the 2nd half on full cylinders but we done well containing them but lacked the killer touch up front. We took the lead on 58 mins when a smart free-kick found Farren Pope in acres of space in the box and he made no mistake.

EFC 1-0 Cotts 58 mins

Finally, the different parts of the jigsaw had come together as we had the game under control, but we needed that vital 2nd goal. Cottesmore as you expect had majority of the ball, but our only concern was the number of corners we were conceding.

The game changed on 72 minutes as a harmless ball floated into our penalty box was smashed into the net by a nameless Ellistown defender.

EFC 1-1 Cotts 72 mins

We then proceeded to collapse quicker than the England cricket team before bazball as we stopped playing and let Cottesmore score on 80, 85 and 87 mins. The home fans were stunned while the watching ex-managers I suspect were secretly laughing.

EFC 1-4 Cotts 87 mins

Lucky for us, no further punishment and we dragged ourselves off the pitch knowing we had thrown away a vital 3 points.

EFC 1-4 Cotts FT


Spurs v Chelsea and Thurnby Rangers v Ellistown on Saturday. Form will tell you; it's going to be a tough day but football is a funny old game and you to be brave and believe in the long-term success of the process.

The process will come good for Ellistown, our management team will ensure that. As for Chelsea, all I ask is not to be relegated this season.

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