Tuesday 14th September 2021
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
RUGBY TOWN v COGENHOE UNITED
KO 7-45 pm
After suffering back-to-back league defeats at Coventry United and Wellingborough Town, the Valley certainly gave their fans plenty to cheer about in the F.A Vase on Saturday as they ran out 8-2 winners away to Coventry Copsewood. Caine Elliott scored their first three goals before Dylan Parker added the fourth before the break. The Midland League Division One side pulled it back to 2-4 early in the second half, but Parker got his second before David Kolodynski took over as he became the second Valley player of the afternoon to score a hat-trick. After failing to score at Wellingborough the previous Saturday following on from their 1-3 Bank Holiday defeat at in Coventry, they certainly found their scoring boots in this one. So far this season they have played seven in the league, winning four and drawing once before those two defeats and occupy sixth place as we head into this game, but Lutterworth Town on the opening day are still the only team to come away undefeated from Butlin Road after a 1-1 draw.
The Cooks have of course lost their last five games in all competitions, but were much improved on Saturday despite going out of the Vase 2-3 to Harefield United. After not conceding a single goal in our first three matches of the season, we have now shipped twelve in the last three which is worrying and of course we have lost the services of Lloyd Groves who is a big loss to the squad and the dressing room.
Our last trip to Rugby was wiped from the record books (thankfully) as we were well beaten 5-1. A great goal from Nat Ansu had levelled things up after Dylan Parker had given Valley the lead, but three goals in eight minutes took Parker’s and Valley’s total to four after the break, with Liam Francis adding another before the end. The previous season we had earned a very creditable 0-0 draw with our rebuilt squad, whilst our first trip there after Rugby’s enforced switch from the Midland League saw us win 1-0. Alex Lowery got the vital goal on 65 minutes in a great team performance that saw Matt Long and Montel Dore run the much bigger home defence a merry dance and Jack O’Connor control the midfield in one the Cooks best performances since I joined the club.
Thursday 16th September 2021
F.A YOUTH CUP-1ST QUALIFYING ROUND
COGENHOE UNITED U18 v BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS U18
The U18s face fellow NSYL South club Bugbrooke St Michaels on Thursday as reward for their 4-1 win at Barton Rovers in the last round. The Badgers were a little further down the road three days later as they crossed the border into Hertfordshire for a game against Hitchin Town and were even more impressive 6-0 winners on the night.
Last week we kicked off our league campaign and thanks to a Freddie Shaw double and an own goal that Shaw can take all the credit for we led 3-1 at the break, but the pacy Ralph Morrow proved too hot to handle in the second-half and his hat-trick gave Whitworth Red a 4-3 win. Bugbrooke were also in action and ran out 7-1 winners at home to Kempston, adding to the 8-2 opening day win over Cranfield, they sit top of the table and have amassed 21 goals in their first three games in all competitions.
Cogenhoe and Bugbrooke have had some close battles over the last few years, with our last meeting being a cup semi-final at the Sett in which the Cooks triumphed 2-1 despite missing a couple of key players through injury during the week running up to the big game. Sadly that final never took place though due to the lockdown which was a real shame for that Cooks squad who had done so well over the season. The Badgers have been very successful over the last few years and have been NSYL champions and of course beat us in the Jaymann Shield final three years ago in a cracking game that ran out 3-2 in their favour.