Saturday 6th October 2021
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS v COGENHOE UNITED
The Cooks make their first of two trips to The Sett for the league clash, with the NFA Senior Cup game coming early next month. The Badgers currently lie in 17th place on 10 points, although an early season points deduction had dropped them down three places. On Tuesday night they travelled to third placed Lutterworth Town and put up a good battle before going down 2-0. This came after a good 2-1 win at Desborough three days earlier with Eddie Panter and Charlie Green the men on target. They have a number of former Cooks players on the books and so far Curtis Avery, George Barnell, Nathan Burrows, Ben Drinkwater, Dan Porter and Josh Whaler are amongst those who have featured for the first team this season. The Cooks are currently seven places and six points ahead of Saturday’s hosts having played a game less with a quarter of the season already gone.
The Cooks had a break this midweek, but last weekend they extended their winning run to four and the unbeaten one to five with a 1-0 win over Peterborough Northern Star. Tom Wakley scored the only goal of the game in the first half, but it could easily have been more emphatic but for some great keeping from the visitors number one.
The Badgers were promoted at the end of last season after several years in Division One so the only recent meeting at The Sett came back in August 2019 when an early Ben Baines goal had given us the initiative, but Jamie Hall headed the home side level three minutes into the second half and that is how it stayed so we went to penalties. Antonio Rohan was the Badgers hero in the shoot-out as he saved efforts from Justin Dowling, Michael Cirelli and Paddy Cichosz as the Division One side progressed 3-1 on spot kicks.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED Reserves v WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH Reserves
Its 14th v 19th as Cogenhoe host local rivals Whitworth Reserves on Saturday afternoon. It has been an up-and-down season so far for the Flourmen producing plenty of goals in their games with the net bulging at both ends. On Saturday they lost 1-4 at home to Harborough Town despite Cavell Jarvis giving them a third minute lead, whilst the previous midweek saw them draw 2-2 at neighbours and league leaders Wellingborough Town. They had trailed 2-0 at the break with former Cogenhoe players Daniel Uche and Dan Smith had given the home side a comfortable 2-0 lead, but substitute Nick van Lawick struck twice for the Flourmen after the restart to pick up a very creditable point.
The Cooks were at Kempston on Saturday and also took a 3rd minute lead through Ben Mason, but the Walnutboys hit back to eventually win 6-1. Two goals apiece from Rafal Wielblad and Ben Cherry were backed up by Ayomide Akinbobola and Giovanni Moscaritolo to give the Bedfordshire club three points.
U18s manager Gary Fletcher took charge of the young squad as we struggle on without a manager and as far as I know that is how this situation remains as we head into this clash tomorrow.