Saturday 18th February 2023
UHLSPORT UNITE COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v EYNESBURY ROVERS
Cogenhoe will be looking to extend their current three match unbeaten run on Saturday when they host Eynesbury, but they will be up against a team brimming with confidence after pulling themselves away from the relegation pack and up to tenth spot in the league. They have picked up three of their seven league wins to date in their last in their last four games to find the comfort blanket of mid-table, but that also shows how quickly any of the group of teams down the bottom, including the Cooks, could find themselves in a similar position with a good string of results. On Tuesday night Rovers had a break from league action to reach the semi-final of the Hinchinbrooke Cup with a 2-1 win over Raunds Town after Axel Ampadu and Laurence Hammons struck in the final quarter of the game, earning their team a tie with fellow UCL side Godmanchester Rovers, thus insuring our league will be represented in the final of the competition.
We travelled to Hall Road back in August and had to settle for a point, but with our recent record at that ground being pretty poor, perhaps we should view it as a point gained. Pharrell Anderson gave us the lead from the penalty spot following a hotly disputed decision on 15 minutes, but Michael Baulk equalised direct from a free-kick just past the half-hour mark and that is how it remained up until the final whistle. The last time Eynesbury came here it was the Cooks who were in a winning run and they made it six wins on the trot with a 3-1 victory. Dylan Wilson had given us the half-time lead with his 29th minute goal and Archie Culley made it 2-0 on 64. Josh Brown reduced the arrears six minutes later to make it a nervy ending, but Tom Wakley popped up three minutes into stoppage time to secure the points with the Cooks third goal of the game.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
RAUNDS TOWN RESERVES v COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES
The Reserves are back in league action this weekend with a trip to bottom club Raunds Town. They will keen to pick up three points from this one after bowing out of the NFA Junior Cup at the quarter-final stage last week as the last remaining non-first team in that competition. The two sides met at Compton Park in November last year and it ended all square at 1-1, in which the Shopmates picked up of one of only two points they have mustered this season, but a three point deduction has meant that they are currently on minus one, eighteen points behind the Cooks. Dan Webb scored the Cooks goal that afternoon with Shaun Melville replying for the visitors. Since that game, Raunds have lost all six matches they have played, with the last being a 5-0 thrashing at fellow strugglers Rothwell Corinthians, with all the goals coming in the second half. The Cooks haven’t picked up any points themselves since the turn of the year after narrow late goal defeats to Newport Pagnell and Whitworth, so let us hope we are at least two goals ahead as we enter the final stages of this game at Kiln Park.