Saturday 1st April 2023
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v DESBOROUGH TOWN
We head into the final month of the season tomorrow with a home game against in form Desborough Town. Ar Tarn beat us 1-0 last Saturday thanks to a late winning goal from Rico Duggan and on Tuesday night they made in five straight victories as goals from Alvin Magagada and former Cooks player Archie Elmore gave them a 2-0 win at home to Coventry United. Last week’s game had been a close encounter and it is likely that they won’t be too much between the teams again tomorrow, but Jim La Mesurier’s boys have that winning habit and will be bubbling with confidence before the game. The Cooks put on a great second half showing at new leaders Coventry Sphinx on Tuesday night, but two goals in the first 18 minutes proved too much for us to claw our way back from. The boys should take plenty of positives from that second half performance though and will look to carry that into their next game.
Ash Bodycote, so impressive for us between the sticks this season, has extended his loan spell from Rugby Town until the end of the season which is great news for Biff and he can also call on Perry Ronayne and Bailey Weatherly tomorrow after missing out recently through injury and suspension recently. Dalton Leon also returns to the squad after unavailability ruled him out of the game at Sphinx in the week.
As mentioned on last week’s preview, we have already played Desborough at Compton Park this season and progressed into the semi-finals of the County Cup on penalties after a 1-1 draw. The last time the two clubs met here in the league was on Saturday 4th December 2021 and also ended in a 1-1 draw. Jack Riley had been shown a straight red card on 39 minutes and Barnes Gladman gave the visitors the lead on the stroke of half-time. The tem men drew level through Dylan Wilson in the first minute of the second half and this is how the game ended. Ar Tarn’s Iain Blaikie, Liam Boath and Aaron Davies were the only players from that game to have featured last Saturday which highlights how quickly things can change in the UCL.
Tuesday 4th April 2023
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES v HARBOROUGH TOWN RESERVES
KO 7-45 pm
The Reserves don’t have a fixture this weekend, but return to action on Tuesday evening with a home game against Harborough Town who look odds-on to lift the title this season. They sit four points clear of their only serious challengers Bugbrooke St Michaels with the added bonus that they have played four games less, although they will have played one of those games in hand on Saturday as they make the short trip to Desborough Town.
First team gaffer Scott Carlin will take charge of the team for this game as Ian Adcock and Lee Saving are in Germany with a squad of U14s players.