Although the midweek action will be mainly U18s up until the end of the year now, we find ourselves in the rather awkward position of both 1st and Reserves playing their final scheduled floodlit games of the year on the same night, whilst the U18 play the 2nd round of the county cup two days later.
Tuesday 9th November 2021
NORTHANTS F.A HILLIER SENIOR CUP-QUARTER FINAL
BUGBROOKE ST MICHAELS v COGENHOE UNITED
KO 7-45 pm
The Cooks make the short journey to The Sett for the second time this season, hoping to add to their 1-0 success in the league a few weeks ago. Tom Wakley’s first half goal proved to be enough that day in a scrappy game that neither side really took a hold of.
The Badgers were given a home tie against Corby Town which could have proved to be a tough game, but the Southern League side opted to send a youth team over and were subsequently hammered 6-0. Ben Drinkwater netted twice with one apiece for Greg Ling, Joe Power, Ed Panter and Calvin Green. The Cooks had to travel to Wellingborough Town, a team that had recently beaten them 1-0 in the league and they recorded a stunning 5-0 win at the Dog & Duck. Dylan Wilson (2), Jack Riley, Tom Wakley and Will Bates getting the goals on that memorable night.
Saturday saw a day of rest for the Badgers whilst we had a day to forget as we crashed 0-3 at home to G.N.G Oadby Town. With Bugbrooke only recently gaining promotion back to the top division, meetings have been pretty sparse between our two clubs, but we did travel there in the league KO Cup back in 2019/20 where we became the victims of an upset as Bugbrooke triumphed on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Ben Baines had given us an early lead after Michael Cirelli had put him clear, but we failed to build on it and the home side levelled just after the break with a Jamie Hall header from a very good Jeff Bigley cross.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
HARBOROUGH TOWN Reserves v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves
The Beehive Community Stadium,
KO 7-45 pm
A Tuesday night trip just over the border into Leicestershire to face high flying Harborough Town will be a real test for our young squad, especially with the first team likely to take some of their players to Bugbrooke. Saturday saw very conflicting afternoons for our two Reserve teams as a very depleted Cooks travelled to Bugbrooke where they were forced to give six players their debuts and ended up losing 6-0. Harborough on the other hand had a tough home game against fellow title challengers Newport Pagnell and swept them aside 5-0.
Thursday 11th November 2021
NORTHANTS DAVID JOYCE U18 CUP-QUARTER FIANL
COGENHOE UNITED U18 v ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS U18 DEVELOPMENT
KO 7-45 pm
Its South Division v North Division as the two NSYL clubs go head-to-head in the NFA David Joyce Cup 2nd Round. The Cooks were 3-1 winners at Rushden & Diamonds in the last round thanks to goals from Ollie Sljivic, Luca Iaciofano and Tanea Simon, whilst RCD thrashed Wellingborough Town at the Dog & Duck 8-0 with four goals from Jude Rodwell, a hat-trick from sub Joshua Sennett and one from Owen Jacques.
Development are one of two Rothwell Corinthians teams in the North Division and they currently sit in third spot having played just 3 games so far, plus the cup win over Wellingborugh Town mentioned above. They beat the Doughboys in the league as well as they kicked off their season with a 5-1 win, but then lost to Whitworth Black 4-2 before hammering the other Corinthians team 7-1. Rodwell and Sennett both have six goals to their name this season whilst Emlyn Dellar-Moy just behind them on four. RCD were again without a game last week after the late postponement of a home game against Corby Town but thankfully for them there are only seven teams in their division as we approach the onset of the winter weather so they are actually a quarter of the way through their season.
It’s sure to be tough one for the Cooks, but if we play as we can there is no reason why we can’t progress to the next round, but we will have to be a little sharper than we were at Biggleswade last week where we ran out 4-3 winners after twice being pegged back by the home side despite leading 2-0 and 3-2.