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Saturday 17th September 2022



Compton Park,

Brafield Rd,



KO 3pm.

After losing out by the odd goal in nine at Milton Keynes Irish on Tuesday night, Scott Carlin takes his team into their next adventure as they entertain Craig Hayward’s Long Buckby. Hayward is one of those people who will always we welcome at Compton Park after coming in to run our reserves a few years ago in his first managerial role and he led them to silverware when his team lifted the KO Cup with a 3-1 win over Deeping Rovers Reserves at The Waterworks Field.

He joined the Bucks after a couple of seasons at Raunds Town where he started the process of turning them around after some bleak times at Kiln Park, initially with the reserves and then the first team, but he was harshly removed in the summer, with his replacement finding the going tough and he has already departed the hot seat.

Craig has had to do some heavy rebuilding at Station Road and has brought in a number of new faces and this all considered, has made a decent start to the season even though they sit in 16th spot. On Tuesday night they played host to Easington Sports and led at the break through Harry Waple-Moors strike, but Callum Convey earned the Banbury side a point with his 70th minute goal. The Buckby starting line-up included four ex-Cooks players in Emmanuel Gbejuade, Matt Gearing, Munya Matiyenga and Gohkan Ulker, whilst they also have Linus Kusi and Javarn Hines on their books this season. They have only once on the road so far, a very good 2-0 victory at Coventry United, whilst on the other side of the coin, they were beaten 0-3 by then bottom Rothwell Corinthians, who netted all three before the break at Station Road.

Our last meeting here was a real cracker, although most of those involved with Cogenhoe will probably want to erase it from their memory. It started well with Josh Adams putting the Cooks in front on 14 minutes and even though Baillie O’Reilly levelled things up on 23, further strikes from Archie Elmore (27) and Will Bates (31) put us in charge before the break. The second half saw a much different game with the Bucks on top from the first whistle. Leo Stone pulled one back after 65 minutes and Tom Bishop drew them level two minutes later. The Cooks tried to raise their game, but it was the visitors who won it through substitute Carrick Bromage six minutes from time as they completed a superb comeback.

The Cooks were involved in an incredible game on Tuesday night as they twice held the lead before going down 5-4 at Milton Keynes Irish. Jessi Obeng (2), Luke McDonald and Josh Jones scoring for the boys in blue. It would nice to net four again in this one, but hopefully not concede quite so many in doing so as we go through our ‘Kevin Keegan entertain the crowds’ phase at Compton Park.



The Reserves were due to travel to Raunds tomorrow, but we have recived notice from them today that the game has been postponed by the home club.

Ian Adcock’s team are back in action on Tuesday night though with a home league game against Milton Keynes Irish.

There are no youth games for the second week running as the Northampton & District Youth Alliance have postponed all their fixtures and the Veterans team have a free-weekend.

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