Tuesday 28th February 2023
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
LUTTERWORTH TOWN v COGENHOE UNITED
KO 7-45 pm
It’s a big game at the bottom on Tuesday night as 15th place Cogenhoe travel to 16th place Lutterworth Town for a six pointer. We currently sit three points ahead of our hosts, but as we have a goal difference of -6 against theirs of -23 we only need to avoid losing by nine goals to remain above them at 10pm on Tuesday night. We are certainly in better form right now having not been defeated over ninety minutes in our last five outings, while The Swifts have lost their last three, shipping sixteen goals whilst failing to score themselves. They have had a difficult run of games though, losing 0-5 at home to third place Sphinx on Saturday seven days after being hammered 8-0 at second placed Wellingborough. They have won two of their last ten games, but have suffered eight defeats in that run during which the Cooks have overtaken them. Their last win came over second from bottom Rothwell Corinthians at the start of the month when they returned home from Sargeants Lawn with a 2-1 win under their belts. Shaquille O’Neill-Brooks and Nuno Gomes Monteiro scoring the Swifts goals.
We drew 3-3 at Compton Park earlier in the season on a very windy day, with the visitors fighting back from 3-1 down at the break to claim a point in stoppage time through substitute Jordan Small. Pharrell Anderson put the Cooks ahead after 9 minutes, Dion Tansley-Potter equalised on 26 minutes, but a double strike from Jessi Obeng on 32 and 42 swung the game firmly in favour of the Cooks, although they would be kicking into the wind for the final 45 minutes. Gomes pulled one back on 54 minutes and they snatched a point right at the death.
This will be our third visit to Dunley Way with the scores level at one win each going into the game. Our first trip ended in a 5-2 defeat with Michael Cirelli netting both goals for the Cooks, but the Cooks will remember the final game of last season with fonder memories. We didn’t know at the time, but it was to be Darren Long’s final game in charge of the Cooks and we were to mark the occasion with a 4-1 victory. Marshal Keenan was on target for the home side, but two goals from leading scorer Tom Wakley and one apiece for Luca Iaciofano and Ryan Archer made it a happy trip back down the M1 for the Cooks.
Scott Carlin will have his cup-tied players from Saturday back in his squad, with Ash Bodycote, Kyle Ansell, Bruce Tsinosis and Bailey Weatherly all likely to feature, but he will still be without Luca Purse who will be sitting out the second game of his three-match ban.