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Tuesday 14th October 2014 ko 19.30

Leicestershire Senior League Premier Division

COTTESMORE AMATEURS 1 (Mackie 21)

SILEBY TOWN 3 (Coggan 5 Jelly 11 34)

Att c30

Entry £2

No Programme, Old Copy £1

It is odd that England’s smallest county Rutland has clubs at two different leagues at the same level. Uppingham, Oakham and others play in the Step 7 Peterborough & District League but the anomaly is that Cottesmore play in the parallel Leicestershire Senior League. With my GroundhopUK hat on another set of floodlights in the PDFL with a Rutland hop scheduled for next season would have been handy! Such is life, and with plans for next July’s event well progressed the weekend should be a hugely enjoyable one.

On one hand Rogues Park is simple to find, enter Cottesmore from the south and the floodlights are obvious, on your right. However it is handy to know that the entrance is just before the Sun Inn, and you aim for the community centre.

The ground is well worth the effort in the discovery too, being fully railed off and featuring two covered enclosures. But the real joy is in the little hut in the corner which doubles as a pay booth and snack bar. Its a hub for the club, everyone congregates there whether to buy a tea, a hot dog, or simply chew the fat.

I discovered why the ground is called Rogues Park too; its a nod to the clubs former home near to the RAF base. That was in Rogues Lane, so the ground’s name is no comment on the club and its officials they were welcoming and friendly, a real credit to their club.

In fact that’s what I’ll remember Cottesmore for, not the team, they were well-beaten on the night, but just the way this traveller was made to feel welcome by a group of people who I’d never met before. When you’re tired, and wondering why you’ve spent over 2 hours sitting in a car in pursuit of a county league game, clubs like Cottesmore give you the lift you need to keep going, thanks chaps.