A typical end of season tussle against two sides with nothing to play for ended with a victory for Cottesmore curtsy of a disputed 1st half penalty.
With a much changed Ellistown failing to get into the game, it was Cottesmore who made the early running and our defence had to be on their toes.
That resistance was broken on 28 mins when a penalty was given when from a neutrals point of view, an excellent last ditch tackle by Alex Nye stopped the Cottesmore striker tapping the ball into an empty net. From the Ref's view, Alex took player first and ball 2nd so a penalty was given and scored by Tom Pope.
CA 1-0 EFC 28 mins
A frustrated Ellistown kicked off and fair play to the lads they never lost their cool even though they were getting the wrong end of the ref's calls.
Prompted by Chris Nettles, we started to get the better of Cottesmore but frustrating for us we were limited to direct free-kicks and monster throws by Ashley Farmer as our best form of attack.
We could not break down a resolute Cottesmore defence and Ellistown walked off at half-time knowing they could turn this game around.
CA 1-0 EFC HT
The 2nd half was a carbon copy of the 1st, with Ellistown having to soak up a lot of pressure and trying to hit Cottesmore on the break.
Both teams could not knock the door down and again well done for Town keeping calm as the Ref started to dish out yellow cards for what seemed at the time minor indiscretions (exception the yellow card for dissent).
Around the 75th min, Cottesmore visibly tired and Ellistown sensed this was our time but luck was not our friend as the bounce of the ball went Cottesmore way. The story of our season summed up in 15 mins.
The final whistle went with Cottesmore knowing they had been in a game, Ellistown players walking off the wrong side of another tight defeat and the Ellistown secretary in deep conversation with the referee.
The lads done everything apart from create the chances our effort deserved. Credit to the Referee who after the game, took the time to talk through his decisions and while we disagreed it was a refreshing discussion in the spirit of respect.