Saturday 26th October 2023
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v GODMANCHESTER ROVERS
The Cooks play the third of four successive home games on Saturday when they host the team one place and one point above them in Godmanchester Rovers. Goddy moved above us last weekend with a resounding 4-0 win at strugglers Desborough Town with former Cooks player Linus Kusi among the scorers. Dominykas Butkus, Samuel Tagg and substitute Jesse Manu the other scorers for the visitors. This was their third away win of the season with two of them coming in October as they added to the very impressive 2-1 at Daventry Town in the home team’s next game after beating us 5-1 here. Their only other away win came on the opening day when they stuffed GNG Oadby Town 5-1 in Leicester. Form has been patchy for Goddy this season as they struggle to find consistency and as a bit of a guide, they were beaten 5-0 at Easington who ran our 3-1 winners here on Tuesday night. They have won two and lost four of their last six matches which highlights their inconsistency. They have two other players on their books that Cogenhoe supporters may recognise with keeper Jack Galatis having featured for us in pre-season, while forward Manny Gbejuade played for the Cooks during Gary Petts’ spell in charge, mainly in John Arundel’s Reserve team though. He did play against us last season and scored a cracking goal for Long Buckby, but we certainly had the last laugh that day as we ran out 8-2 winners.
Last season the Cooks ran out 2-1 winners here with Joh Hall heading into his own net to give us the lead early on, but he had mend amends by scoring down the other end to square thins up before the break. Luca Purse netted the winning goal for the Cooks in the second half and a repeat of this result would be most welcome as we look to end our losing streak that now stands at seven games.
Hopefully Biff will have Sonny Knights and possibly Tommy Curry back in the squad on Saturday as both players look to join Bailey Weatherly off the treatment table and back onto the pitch.