Saturday 4th February 2023
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v COVENTRY UNITED
The Cooks entertain Coventry United on Saturday hoping to complete their first double of the season after winning 2-1 at the Butts Park Arena earlier in the season. A Ben Gough had given the Cooks the lead and a cool finish by Jessi Obeng put the Cooks in charge and by the time Jacob Williams pulled one back deep into stoppage time, it was too late for the home team to stop the Cooks taking their unbeaten run to five games.
The Red & Greens were fourth before that game and they sit fifth now, eleven places above the Cooks in the table, but they are 20 points adrift of leaders Rugby having played the same amount of games, so in reality they are playing for third place. Their recent form over five games shows three wins and two defeats which highlights their inconsistency which has hampered their promotion hopes this season. They have yet to draw a league game having won 12 and lost 9 of their 21 games played so far, but their away form is decent with seven wins on the road, with Rugby the only team to have beaten that so far with 8. Last time out they were beaten 1-3 at home by Wellingborough Town with Riley Davoile’s 95th minute goal their only consolation from the game.
The only we have met at Compton Park ended in a 2-2 draw with an own goal and a Ryan Archer effort cancelling out strikes from Curvin Ellis and Kyle Carey on an early autumn afternoon in 2021.
One player who won’t be in blue tomorrow is, or was, our longest serving player as Will Bates has opted to make the move to our local rivals Wellingborough Town. Will originally joined the Cooks back in 2019 when Gary Petts brought him in from Northampton Town and he quickly made an impression on the Cooks faithful. In total he made 91 appearances for Cogenhoe, scoring 13 goals with his final one coming at home to Wellingborough Town on Boxing Day last year. Will played in pretty much every position for the Cooks bar goalkeeper, but I’m sure he would have been happy to don the gloves had he been asked too. I would like to wish all the best to Will and thank him for all the memories he has given us at Compton Park.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE RESERVE DIVISION
WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH RESERVES v COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES
Whitworth Sports Ground,
After last week’s disappointment of conceding a stoppage time goal in the 3-2 defeat at home to Newport Pagnell Town Reserves last weekend, Ian Adcock’s team will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they make the short trip down A45 to face Wellingborough Whitworth. The Flourmen Reserves are two places and five points ahead of the Cooks, but we have played four games less than them.
The hosts have won their last two games as they followed up a 4-1 win over Raunds with a 2-0 success at home to O.N Chenecks, just a couple of games after they had lost 9-1 at Billing Road. The Chenecks defeat had been followed by an 11-1 thrashing at Harborough Town so six points from the next two games is a massive turnaround for the Wellingborough club.
Our last trip to London Road ended in a 3-2 defeat. Will Russell gave the Cooks the lead on 18 minutes, but Cavell Jarvis levelled things up four minutes later. Velin Raychev gave the Flourmen the lead on the hour and eleven minutes from time Will Holmes extended their lead before Shad Reza pulled one back in the 89th minute. None of the Cogenhoe squad that day remain at the club, whilst Whitworth are also showing a number of changes.
The Vets team are without a game this Sunday as their scheduled opponents North Star have to play a cup game which takes preference. Thanks to Finbarr Carroll for keeping up to date with this as they had tried to re-arrange another game without success.