Tuesday 30th August 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
EYNESBURY ROVERS v COGENHOE UNITED
Alfred Hall Memorial Park,
KO 7-45 pm
The Cooks travel to the Alfred Hall Memorial Ground for the first of two away league games in the space of four days as we face Eynesbury Rovers under their lights on Tuesday evening. We could well be heading into the pit of a wounded animal in this one as our hosts were thrashed 8-1 at home by Coventry Sphinx on Saturday and their management will be looking for an instant reaction from their players as they head back onto the pitch. Sphinx are one of my tri-favourites to win the title this season so the defeat itself wasn’t too much of a surprise, but I hadn’t envisaged them conceding four goals in each half though. They have now conceded 21 goals in all competitions, but the four G.N.G inflicted on them on the opening day had been the most they had shipped in a single game before last weekend. They have won just once so far, a 2-1 league success at home to Lutterworth Town, whilst the Cooks are looking to make it three wins on the spin and four unbeaten as the new lads continue to find their feet in adult football.
Saturday saw us beat Rothwell Corinthians for the second game running, this time 3-2 in the F.A Vase with Pharrell Anderson (penalty), a Connor Bird own goal and a debut goal from substitute Josh Jones counting for the Cooks. The last time we travelled to Hall Road was in December last year, but although we certainly made the journey, we failed to turn up on the pitch with what was probably our worst performance of the season. The score was only 2-0 with Rovers leading scorer James Hatch netting twice in the second half on 63 and 67 minutes, but that scoreline definitely flattered us on the day as they gained revenge for the 3-1 defeat we had inflicted on them earlier in the season. Midfielders Paddy Cichosz (injury) and Mitch White (suspension) will definitely miss out on this game, but White will be available for selection again when we head to Coventry United on Saturday.
Wednesday 31st August 2022
F.A YOUTH CUP – PRELIMINARY ROUND
COGENHOE UNITED v HITCHIN TOWN
KO 7-45 pm
As you probably have seen on social media or read in Waggy’s notes in the match programme, we have pulled out of the Northants Senior Youth League for this season after many years of successfully supporting an U18s team. Unfortunately Moulton came in for our managers well into pre-season and they jumped ship taking the whole playing squad with them to the newly formed U18 team of the recently promoted Spartan South Midlands League club. It was too late to get anybody else in with no players available to them, but we have decided to fulfil our F.A Youth Cup schedules and after receiving a bye in the first draw, we now host Hitchin Town in what could prove to be our only game of the season at this level.
From what I can gather, our team will be made up of the younger age group players from Moulton College who are signing on just for this competition. I know even less about our opponents and haven’t been able to find them playing in any youth leagues, so I presume they only play at Academy level these days. The one thing I do know is the fact that they beat Godmanchester Rovers 7-2 in the Extra-Preliminary Round to earn this tie, so they are likely to be tough opponents for our boys in this round too.