Saturday 23rd December 2023
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED v LUTTERWORTH TOWN
The Cooks return to Compton Park for the last game before the Christmas festivities begin as Lutterworth Town take the trip south down the M1 with this being the first of our 2pm kick-offs through the winter months.
We will be looking to complete the double over our Leicestershire opponents having won 2-1 at Dunley Way in the first midweek game of the season. Dylan Wilson had given us the lead on 19 minutes and half-time substitute Stan Channell headed a second within sixty-seconds of the restart. The Swifts pulled one back late on through their sub Benjamin Adomako, but the Cooks held firm to take all three points on the night. The Cooks were six points clear of the Swifts at the final whistle back in August, but that lead is now just two points and one place from level games with the 2-1 win at Bugbrooke seeing us swap places last Saturday. Town had taken an early lead at home to league leaders Racing Club Warwick through Nuno Filipe Gomes Monteiro, but the Racers fought back to edge them out 2-1 by the end. Prior to that The Swifts had put a dent in Newport Pagnell Town’s promotion hopes by beating the high-flyers 4-3 at Dunley Way with another sub Callum Morris popping up with the winning goal in stoppage time after the ten-man Swans had fought back form 3-1 down to draw level. Away form hasn’t been fantastic for Lutterworth, although they have won three on the road in the league, a convincing 4-1 success at Eynesbury, an excellent 5-2 victory at the delightfully inconsistent GNG and the most recent, a 1-0 win at Coventry United back in October.
Both camps have been busy bolstering their squads with player unavailability over the Christmas period always an issue to clubs at our level and The Swifts have brought in defender Luke Thompson from Nuneaton Borough and midfielder Sam Leary who joins from Bedworth United as the two youngsters look to gain more experience at first team level in senior football.
Scott Carlin has been even busier with four new faces signing on the dotted line this week. Firstly, he has secured the services of exciting attack minded player Dominik Wysocki who joins from Spalding United. Dom represented the English Colleges during his time as a student at Tresham College and has since featured for Harborough Town and Melton Town before linking up with former Cooks player Eliiot Sandy at Spalding. Also coming in are Cobblers U18 pair Josh Rayfield and Matty Ireland who join on work experience. Josh is a central midfield player and Matty a wing-back who loves to attack down the flank. Josh has experienced Compton Park already this season having featured for the Cobblers U23 in the NFA Senior Cup, although he will have to get used to a new number as ours don’t quite go up to 42. Ending the quartet is a player who needs know introduction to Cogenhoe having skippered the first team last season as Paddy Cichosz returns home. Paddy had spent three successful seasons at Cogenhoe making 86 appearances scoring once before he made the switch to Wellingborough Town in the summer. He scored a screamer on his debut with the winning goal against Daventry, but this proved to be the only goal for the Doughboys, but he went on to make 18 appearances for them before returning to the club where he began his senior career. Paddy is a versatile player who stamped his mark as a defender, either as a full-back or in the middle, but Darren Long and then Carlin have both seen his worth in midfield which is where he features the most these days. Dom, Josh and Paddy are all named in Biff’s 16 man squad for this game, but he will be without Bailey Weatherly, Dalton Leon, Josh Jones and Luke Bullement.
Dominik Wyslocki (seen here with Harborough Town manager Mitch Austin after signing for the Bees).