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Thursday 12th March 2022





Reza 31

Redding 36, 71, 83

Iaciofano 62

Ashman 78


Kearney 1


The Cooks didn’t make the best of starts as they faced Wellingborough for the second Thursday running, in fact the visitor’s went ahead inside the first minute through Josh Kearney, but a Shad Reza penalty on 31 and a one from Isaac Redding had put us in front with 36 minutes played. Luca Iaciofano added the third on 62 minutes before Redding scored his second on 71. Kieran Ashman did a Gazza from Euro 96 on 78 minutes before Redding rounded-off his full debut by completing a hat-trick with seven minutes remaining. Redding has certainly made an instant impact at Compton Park with four goals in his first two games for the club and looks a great prospect for the future.


Cooks; 1. Westwood 2. Sljivic 3. Fletcher 4. Asante 5. Allam © 6. A. Shaw 7. Iaciofano 8. Wootton 9. Reza 10. Redding 11. Ashman. Subs; 12 Jankowski 14. Nwosu 15. Sosinski 16. Hassan-Hussein.



Saturday 12th March 2022



COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (0) 1 G.N.G OADBY TOWN Reserves (1) 2


Mason 56 (pen)


Johal 21, 64


Att; 22


The Reserves fell to their fifth successive defeat, but were rather unfortunate to do so in a close game against Oadby this afternoon. With the first team yet again without a game, Tom Wakley, Will Bates, Archie Elmore and Alex Vaughan were all given some game time today, in fact they all completed the 90 minutes under the watchful eye of their gaffer.

Despite the sunshine, it was the usual windy day on top of the hill with it favouring the team attacking the village, but Cogenhoe failed to take advantage of this in the first half and trailed at the break. The game was very slow to get going if truth be told. Wakley fired wide from just outside the box, then Elmore dinked the ball in to Ben Mason who did well to steer his shot on target, but it didn’t have enough behind it to trouble the imposing figure of James Hayes in the GNG goal. For a moment it looked like Wakley’s first time effort from the right of the box was going to creep inside the far post after taking a deflection off a defender, but it continued to roll beyond the far post. A good move from Oadby saw us split at the back with Sukhbinder Johal breaking through middle only to be robbed before he could shoot by a great challenge from Nat Allam.

Oadby had started to get going now and a very good run and pull back inside the box from Zion Nisbitt bounced off Johal’s knee on the edge of the 6-yard box, but the GNG captain made up for this on 22 minutes when he broke through the middle unchallenged with the flag staying down, before taking the ball around Ben Westwood and slotting it home.

Jake Walpole got behind but not over a powerful header on the edge of the 6-yard box from a delightful Matt Fletcher cross, just before Wakley turned away from his man on the edge of the box and hit a well struck shot that Hayes palmed away. Westwood was next to be called into action as he did well to turn a 25-yard free kick from Rian Patel over the top, then down the other end Bates played a free-kick into the box from just inside the Oadby half that Wakley won in the air on the edge of the box, but his header looped over the bar. Battling from Elmore inside the box created a chance for Nick Fleming, but his first time effort went wide from 20-yards and the half ended with another Bates free-kick dropping inside the box and Mason got his head to it before the outcoming Hayes, but unfortunately for the Cooks no.10, the ball dropped the wrong side of the crossbar.

Oadby had a very early chance as the second half got underway, but Nisbitt hit his shot straight at Westwood, whilst down the other end Mason did well down the right flank before sending over a low cross that Hayes gathered just in front of his goal. A lovely touch and turn from Mason sent Elmore into the box and as he got goalside of Alec Masoapatali he went to ground with young referee Daniel Bain pointing to the spot. Mason stepped up and struck it hard and low to the keeper’s right and although Hayes did really well to get his hand to the ball, he couldn’t stop it from creeping inside the post to level the scores with 56 minutes played.

Good work from Wakley saw Fleming force another save out of Hayes from the centre of the box, then Bates was caught late as he fired a shot over from outside the box, but the referee decided no foul had been committed. Mason made way for Luca Iaciofano on 63 minutes and sixty seconds later the visitor’s regained their advantage. Jake Walpole won a header in the centre of the Cogenhoe box from a free-kick, but we failed to get it away safely and eventually it dropped to Johal who stretched to steer it past Westwood from close range. It probably should have been 3-1 a minute later when Muntasir Yussuf found himself clear inside the area, but Westwood came off his line and the Oadby sub lost control of the ball at the vital moment allowing it to run through to the keeper. Johal thought for a split second he had himself a hat-trick, but this time an offside flag denied him and before the restart Sebastian-Patrick Medan replaced Fletcher on the right. A great effort from fully 30-yards out by Ryan Dhami flew inches the wrong side of the far post, then a powerful run into the Cooks penalty area by Yussuf saw a combination of Allam and Vaughan keep him from adding to the scoring for the visitors. Kelvin Gyamfi replaced Fleming for the last 17 minutes, whilst Elmore tuned his man just inside the Oadby half before switching play with a great ball to Wakley who cut inside before hitting a powerful strike that was destined for the far top corner, had Hayes pulled off a great one-handed save. The ball was played back inside by Medan, but this time Wakley pulled his low shot well wide of the far post. The final few minutes saw little from either side as the game petered out into a midfield battle and it was the visitors who were the happier side when the final whistle blew.


Cooks; 1. Ben Westwood 2. Matt Fletcher (sub 12. Sebastian-Patrick Medan 66) 3. Ben Short 4. Alex Vaughan 5. Nat Allam 6. Jake Walpole © 7. Nick Fleming (sub 14. Kelvin Gyamfi 73) 8. Will Bates 9. Archie Elmore 10. Ben Mason (sub 16. Luca Iaciofano 63) 11. Tom Wakley. Sub not used; 17. James McGrath.

G.N.G Oadby; 1. James Hayes 2. Pawel Burowski 3. Alec Masoapatali 4. Matthew Richmond 5. Calvin Lidhar 6. Ryan Dhami 7. Umar Husein 8. Rian Patel 9. Sukhbinder Johal © 10. Taron Sahota 11. Zion Nisbett. Subs all used; 12. Arjan Dayal 14. Damien Isaacs 15. Medosan Siva 16. Antono Consiglio 17. Muntasir Yussuf.

Referee; Daniel Bain.


Both the Under 18s and the Reserves are in action again this coming midweek before the First Team return to action on Friday night at home to Wellingborough Town. The U18’s game at home to Whitworth Red has been brought forward 48 hours because of the Friday night game, so it’s an unusual Tuesday night match for the lads, then on Wednesday night the Reserves head to Irchester United for a league game.


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