Tuesday 21st March 2023
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v EASINGTON SPORTS
KO 7-45 pm
The Cooks are without a win in three as they host an Easington Sports team one point and one place above them in the table. On Saturday a decent performance from the Cooks saw them beaten at home by a very good Newport Pagnell Town team, with debutant Ethan Lack scoring a consolation goal in a 3-1 defeat, while Easington’s scheduled trip to Histon fell foul of a waterlogged pitch at Bridge Road. The Clan haven’t won any of their previous four games and away form has been tricky for them all season, with just four points picked up on the road so far and their only win coming on the opening day of the season at Godmanchester Rovers. Last time out they were beaten 5-0 at National League side Oxford City in the Oxon Senior Cup semi-final, but recent league games have been tight affairs with four straight home games ending up 1-1, 0-1, 1-1 and 1-0, the win coning over G.N.G Oadby Town at the start of the run.
The trip to Addison Road earlier this season was the perfect example of the old cliché ‘a game of two halves’. We totally dominated the first half but failed to hit the back of the net, then Sports came out all guns firing for the second half and spent a majority of the play on the attack, with the major difference being they took two of the chances they created. George Coombes and Jack Fountain the men who gave debutant keeper Ash Bodycote little chance to keep their efforts out of his net.
Sports were moved to the UCL last season after several years in the Hellenic League and their first and so far only trip to our village ended in defeat for them in a tight game as Cogenhoe completed the double. A late Dylan Wilson header earned the Cooks a 1-0 victory at Addison Road in Darren Long’s first game in charge of the first team, then the return fixture just before Christmas saw the Cooks take the points 2-1. Archie Culley opened the scoring with a cracker from 25-yards out that dipped over the keeper and crashed in off the underside of the bar after 12 minutes, but three minutes later it was level again thanks to a very well-hit free-kick by Alex Stott. Archie Elmore proved to be the match winner late on when he received the ball in the middle of the box from Ryan Archer and lifted his shot over White’s head and into the net on 75 minutes.