INTERVIEW: Cotterell looking to push on after first Dabbers’ goal

By Steve Sharman:

Nathan Cotterell says he’s hoping there is more to come in front of goal after registering his first strike for the club in the 2-1 weekend defeat away at Whitby.

Cotterell opened the scoring for the Dabbers, with the hosts then scoring either side of half time to claim victory. But despite defeat, the wide man was delighted to finally net his first goal for the club.

He said: “I am buzzing to finally get off the mark for the club, hopefully there will be more to come sooner rather than later.

“It was a bit of luck in terms of the defender taking a heavy touch rather than clearing it, but I’ve taken a gamble on him doing that and it’s paid off.

“Anticipating things like that is something I’ve needed to work on and it just goes to show taking that chance every now and again leads to a goal.”

Having first joined the club on dual-registration with Winsford Utd at the beginning of last season, the 26-year old made just four substitute appearances under former manager Phil Parkinson.

But after remaining with the Dabbers under new boss Dave Cooke, Cotterell is happy he is getting his chance to show what he is capable of.

“I think I’ve been patient and waited for my chance to play. The management team have put a lot of faith in me especially since I’ve not played at this level before.

“It’s taken a while to adjust to the intensity, and I’ve focused a lot on making sure I’m in the right positions and looking after the ball when it comes to me.”

Defeat to Whitby on Saturday was only the Dabbers’ third in nine games since the start of the year and the winger hopes the team can get back to winning ways against Grantham this weekend.

He said: “Obviously any defeat is disappointing and you need to get back to winning ways as soon as possible, so a win against a good side like Grantham would be the best place to start another run of form.”

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