The Reserves played host to Milton Keynes Irish last Saturday afternoon and unfortunately they were beaten 2-0. Ashraf Masumbuko proved to be the match-winner for the Irish as he bagged a goal in each half for the Buckinghamshire club.
Cooks team; Westwood, Soulollari, C. Jones, McGrath, Walpole ©, Allam, Iaciofano, Fleming, Sagaidoc, Mason, W. Russell. Subs all used; 12. S. Russell, Fletcher, Reza, Gyamfi.
The U18s have been in action twice since my last round-up and have notched one win and lost the other. A home game in the Jaymann Shield saw the boys get revenge over Corby Town as they triumphed 4-1. Joe Hobson’s 18th minute strike had given the visitors the lead into the break, but Caleb Jones levelled things up on 53 and Shad Reza swung the game in Cooks favour on 65. A late double from leading scorer Luca Iaciofano after 83 and 90 sealed an impressive win for the Cooks just ten days after the Steelman had beaten us 6-3 at Steel Park.
Cooks; Westwood, A. Shaw, C. Jones, Wootton, Allam ©, McGrath, Iaciofano, Asante, Ashman, Nwozu, Fletcher. Subs all used; Reza, Sljivic, Hassan-Hussein, Sosinski, Isaac.
The following Monday the boys made the trip to Rushden in the League Cup, but it was the Diamonds who shone on the night as we bowed out 3-1. Sub Ollie Sljivic scored a consolation goal for the Cooks nine minutes from time, but it was AFC Rushden & Diamonds, who included former Cook Charlie McAuley in their squad, who progressed to the semi-finals.
Cooks; Grimshaw, A. Shaw, C. Jones, Wootton, Allam ©, McGrath, Iaciofano, Hawes, McDonald, Hassan-Hussein, Reza. Subs all used; Simon, Sljivic, Noel, Ashman.
The U18s were due back in action on Thursday night (17/2), but the trip to Bedford Town fell foul to a waterlogged pitch.
Saturday 19th February sees both the first team and the reserves return to action, weather permitting of course. Darren Long’s team have won their last two games and they will be hoping to make that three as they travel to Butts Park Arena for the first time to play a much changed Coventry United. The two sides drew 2-2 at Compton Park earlier in the season, but recent events have seen their chairman step down and the budget slashed, so most of the experienced players have opted to move on leaving a young squad to continue the season. Last Saturday they were beaten 0-3 at ‘home’ by Easington Sports (the game was moved to Bedworth as Butts wasn’t available to them). Cogenhoe sat out last weekend as their scheduled opponents Coventry Sphinx were still in the Vase and this game has now been rescheduled for the first Tuesday in March with a 7-45pm kick off.
Gary Fletcher’s reserve team are at home to struggling Daventry Town Reserves hoping to end a mini run of defeats, with the last game ending 2-0 in Milton Keynes Irish favour at Compton Park last Saturday.
Unfortunately I won’t be able to make the trip to Coventry on Saturday so there will be no report and photos on the website on Saturday night, but hopefully all being well normal service and regular updates to the website will return starting with the home game against Rothwell Corinthians.
Sorry for that lack of updates lately, unexpected circumstances probably covers recent events for me.