SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
G.N.G OADBY TOWN v COGENHOE UNITED
Riverside Football Ground,
Braunstone Lane East,
KO 2 PM
The Cooks head to a new venue (although the Reserves have already visited) when they head to the Riverside Ground to face G.N.G with the earlier kick-off time of 2 pm. A sensible move in the current energy crisis and the cost of turning on the floodlights.
The Cooks were involved in quite a game last week, leading high-flying Coventry Sphinx 2-0 and 3-2 before finally going down 3-4 with superb goals from Will Bates (2) and Pharrell Anderson counting for us. However, we were probably out-done by the Wellingborough Town v GNG game, which took some doing. GNG went 2-0 up early on, only to find themselves 7-2 down midway through the second half. Rather than drop their heads, they pulled another three goals back before eventually losing 7-5. Mussa Bham (2), Ryan Robbins, Suleiman Nassor and Lamar Parkes were on target for tomorrow’s opponents. Recent form isn’t great for them either with one win and four defeats from their last five outings, the victory coming in a 3-2 home success over Lutterworth Town with Bham (2) and Robbins on the scoresheet.
The game at Compton Park between our two teams was a very entertaining one and ended three-apiece on the day. Jessi Obeng had given us an early lead, but the visitors swung the game around to take a 2-1 lead midway through the first half. Will Bates grabbed himself a brace that day, with Nassor, Bham and Nyle Patel scoring for GNG.
Last season’s game was to be our final trip to the old Oadby Town ground on Wigston Road and was a disappointing game that ended 1-1. Ulric Williams put the Poachers in front after 9 minutes, but Ryan Archer secured a point for the Cooks with his 50th minute effort. Archie Elmore also missed a penalty that day to add to our woes.
GNG currently occupy 11th place with 16 points from 14 games, three places and four points ahead of the Cooks who have played a game fewer.
Looking ahead, we have now agreed a noon kick-off for the Boxing Day local derby against Wellingborough Town, whist our trip to Deeping Rangers in the quarter-final of the league cup will be played on Saturday 25th February with a 3pm kick off.
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES v KEMPSTON ROVERS RESERVES
KO 2 PM
November’s Reserve Division Team of the Month Kempston Rovers are the visitors to Compton Park on Saturday, so Ian Adcock will be hoping the curse that notoriously comes with that award raising its head again. To achieve their accolade, they beat Whitworth 5-2 and Rothwell Corinthians 9-0 at home, followed by a 2-1 victory at Raunds in their last outing. They have two players in double figures goal-wise with Sam Daminabo and Ben Sinclair both having netted ten already as they sit in third spot, eleven points behind the leaders Harborough Town with just one game in hand.
The Cooks came through a tricky tie at Spratton to make progress in the NFA Junior Cup last Saturday as first half goals from Sam Giddens and Dan Webb (4 in 4 now), but they don’t know who they face in the next round just yet. They will be at home to the winners of Saturday’s game between Desborough Town and Wittering Premiair (Peterborough & District League Premier Division) with the tie currently scheduled in for Saturday 10th December.
SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER 2022
NORTHANTS F.A VETERANS CUP – SECOND ROUND
COGENHOE UNITED VETS v NORTHAMPTON SOVEREIGNS VETS
Compton Park Back Pitch.
KO 10-30 AM
The Vets team round the weekend off with a home game against Sovereigns in the county cup. They have already knocked them out of the league cup, winning 5-4 away on the Racecourse, so our visitors will have an eye on revenge in what should prove to be a close game. The Cooks had a weekend off last Sunday, whilst Sovereigns were beaten 1-2 at home by Bicester Athletic, the team we had beaten 4-0 away in our last game the previous Sunday.