SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2022
BOURNE TOWN RESERVES (0) 0 C0GENHOE UNITED RESERVES (2) 2
The Reserves made the long trip to Bourne looking for some much needed confidence, yet the prospects were dealt a blow in the morning when we realised we had to make the journey with the bare 11 – captain Lee Felgate and Player Coach Sam Harris being the only non-U21’s in the team, so manager Ian Adcock was named as the only substitute, just to increase the average age of the squad on its own!
It’s funny how tough situations galvanise a team if the character and attitude is right, and this was certainly one of those days.
Within 3 mins, Keiron Mobbs got put down the right and finally trusted his right foot to deliver the perfect cross, where Sam Giddens arrived at the back post to side-foot volley home, 0-1 Cooks, the dream start after some tough Tuesday night games denting our confidence.
The next 10 mins followed a similar fashion, Mobbs causing problems down the right but a second goal was hard to find.
Bourne then had the next 15 mins, with the lively front 3 causing issues, but the defence stood firm and some great recovery runs from midfield too helping out when it looked destined a home goal was coming.
The last 15 was fairly even, but on 40 mins Mobbs went down the right once again, this time cutting in and got felled on the edge of the box, silly free kick to concede in a dangerous position, to the frustration of the home management.
A wonderful delivery came in and the perfectly timed run from Captain Felgate saw him glance a delightful header into the far post bottom corner, 0-2 Cooks.
HT: Bourne Res 0-2 Cogenhoe Res
The HT team talk was all about game management – were we disciplined enough to accept the scoreline and go home with the 3 points, or were we going to play like an U21’s team and go needlessly searching for the 3rd & 4th goal at the expense of exposing the defence?
I’m pleased to say the former happened and it was a wonderfully disciplined second half from the boys, only conceding one clear cut chance header, which was straight at Wells who gathered comfortably.
At the other end, we still caused problems, Redding worked tirelessly all game, even if the chances didn’t fall to him, he kept the home CB’s busy which created space out wide and from deep.
On 75 mins though, injury struck and what we didn’t want to happen, happened – Adcock to make his debut!
A rusty cameo to say the least, but I think the mindset was elsewhere once realising he was 27 years older than Redding who he played just behind – seriously bad info for the mindset but one that has to be lived with forever!! An experienced free kick won, an ill-disciplined free kick conceded, one pass completed, one failed pass – net zero, job done!
FT: Bourne Res 0-2 Cogenhoe Res
A fantastic showing of togetherness this was – travelling all that way with such a young side and no subs really tells the story of where we’re at.
We’ve proved that we will struggle on Tuesday evenings as we don’t put first teamers in unless they genuinely need minutes, but on Saturdays we’ll give anyone a game, even when short.
Cooks; 1. Ciaran Wells 2. Patrick Medan 3. Dan James 4. Sam Harris 5. Joe Morris 6. Lee Felgate © 7. Kieron Mobbs 8. Cam Hunt (sus 12. Ian Adcock 75) 9. Isaac Redding 10. Fred Amankwa 11. Sam Giddens.
Report kindly supplied by Ian Adcock-Supersub.
Sam Giddens (left) and Lee Felgate. The two scorers at Abbey Lawn.