It has been approx. 34 weeks since the Cooks last played at Compton Park, but finally we are back (weather permitting that is).
Monday 28th June 2021
COGENHOE UNITED v BEDFORD F.C
KO 7-45 pm.
It was the October 17th 2020 that the Cooks first team last played a home game and an awful lot has happened around the world since then, little of it good. Closer to home we sadly lost our very own Greg Porter, a larger than life character who will be sadly missed around Compton Park and beyond.
Last time we played was a miserable afternoon in more ways than one as we were outplayed by step 6 club Mulbarton Wanderers who ran out 5-0 winners on a wet, dark day in Norfolk. A disappointing way to end a very impressive F.A Vase run. A lot of water has gone under the bridge since then though and we now have a new, young management team at the helm with Craig Adams taking the hot-seat to be assisted by Lloyd Groves and they have brought in a number of new faces that we will be getting used to over the next few weeks during the pre-season campaign.
Monday’s opponents Bedford FC ply their trade in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One and we would like to thank them for stepping in at the last minute to fulfill this fixture. They made a great start to their league campaign last season, winning their first four games and topping the embryonic table, but four draws and a single defeat followed meaning they had dropped to eighth by the time the F.A brought things to an early close. They have joint managers with the experienced and much respected Gavin Hoyte being joined in the summer by former Olney Town defender Jason Goldman. The club have now been in the SSML for a number of years, playing originally as Bedford United and I have seen them play their home games at three different grounds before securing McMullen Park as a permanent home. The ground is tucked in to the left of Bedford Town’s home and if you have ever driven from J13 of the M1 to St Neots, you will almost certainly have seen their stand and floodlights as they are right next to the A-road.
Please be aware that tomorrow’s weather forecast is predicting plenty of showers with storms likely come during the early part of the evening and into the night meaning this fixture could be affected, so please keep an eye on the club’s Twitter feed for the latest just in case. The weather forecast isn’t always correct so fingers crossed for a pleasant evening at Compton Park and finally some real football to watch.
*The double-header against MK Irish is to be played at Compton Park after all next Saturday, more on that fixture next Friday.