Saturday 13th August 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v G.N.G OADBY TOWN
The Cooks are still looking for their first win of the season as they entertain GNG Oadby Town tomorrow at Compton Park. We will also be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 midweek defeat at Stone Old Alleynians in the F.A Cup, a game that we should probably have won with the amount of play we had inside the home team’s half, but taking chances is something that we are struggling with at the moment as the new lads find their feet in UCL football. Mitch White is available tomorrow but will then serve a 3 match ban following his red card late on in the F.A Cup replay on Tuesday night. Brad Marshall would be available again, but is away with work for the next two weeks, whilst Scott Carlin is without wide-man Louis Barrett. One new face in the 16-strong squad is winger Ashraf Masumbuko who has signed on after impressing in training over the last couple of weeks. Ash spent last season playing for Crawley Green and MK Irish in the Spartan South Midlands League, but mainly featured in the Irish reserve team in the UCL where he made 20 appearances, scoring 14 goals.
G.N.G Oadby Town appear to have lost their old home ground, which had to let signs up when we drove past their recently when the reserves played a friendly nearby and they will play their first seven games of the season away from home before moving to the FC G.N.G ground in October. They made a great start to their season by winning 4-2 away to Eynesbury Rovers with Mason Lopes (2), Mussa Bham and Nyle Patel on target, but their trip to Coventry United three days later ended up as the same score-line, but this time it wasn’t in their favour. Zaakir Bham scoring both of the Poachers goals in the defeat.
The last time they travelled here it was a pretty dismal day for the Cooks as the visitors ran out 3-0 winners. Nuno Gomes Monteiro had given GNG the lead on 27 minutes, but they extended this after the break with two quick unanswered goals through Elidjah Mangwa on 71 and Mussa Bham three minutes later. Despite this result, the Cooks were to finish four places and four points above the conquerors at the end of the season.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
HUNTINGDON TOWN Reserves v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves
Kings Ripton Rd,
Ian Adcock has a pretty strong looking squad as he takes his team to Huntingdon Town for their second game of the season. Both teams were beaten 2-1 away on Saturday and both trailed 2-0 at the break. Luke Andrews scored the Cooks consolation goal at Harborough, whilst Huntingdon were just few miles down the road at Rothwell Corinthians where Rio Henson pulled one back in the first minute of the second half, but he couldn’t stop them from starting the season with a defeat.
Our last trip to Jubilee Park fell on the final day of last season and was very much a precursor for this season, it ended 2-1 to the home side after leading 2-0 at the break. Kelvin Gyamfi scored the Cooks goal on a hot day in Huntingdonshire.
Both games are going to played in extremely hot conditions tomorrow which will make it difficult for all four teams so we are unlikely to see best 90 minutes of the season, but I’m sure the lads will be doing their best to entertain us whatever the outcome.