Saturday 20th August 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS v COGENHOE UNITED
The Cooks travel to Rothwell on Saturday to face a Corinthians team who are still searching for their first point of the season, having lost all five of their competitive games so far this season. A 4-0 defeat at Wellingborough Town in the NFA Senior Cup in pre-season wasn’t the start they were looking for and when they travelled to Lutterworth Town on a Friday night as part of the Groundhop weekend, they found themselves 3-0 at the break. They got themselves back into the game thanks to goals from Marcel Rzeszutek and Zac Allen, but they fell just short of getting something out of the game. Their first home game saw Allen on target again, but Histon triumphed 2-1, then their F.A Cup hopes were dashed at the first attempt by Godmanchester Rovers who made home advantage count with a convincing 3-0 victory. Last weekend they were back at Sargeants Lawn, but it was a tough looking test as one of the title favourites Newport Pagnell Town stood before them and their first points of the season. It was looking really good for Corinthians when Jurelle Phillip fired them into a two-goal lead, but the Swans hit back to win it with three goals from substitutes. Danny Webb and Jake Watkinson drew them level before Albie Hall popped up with the winner after 89 minutes.
The Cooks picked up their first point last weekend with a 3-3 draw at home to G.N.G Oadby Town with Will Bates scoring twice in a seesaw game after Jessi Obeng had given us a fifth minute lead. Something will have to give today with Cogenhoe looking for their first win and Corinthians still pointless, so both managers will be aware of this and will see it as a great opportunity to get three points on the table when they peruse the early season tables.
The Reserves also play Corinthians as they host their Northants rivals at Compton Park with a 3pm kick-off. Last weekend they travelled to Huntingdon Town and suffered their second defeat of the season as Seco Embalo struck twice in the first half to give the home side a 2-0 win. I have no other details from this game I’m afraid. Corinths will probably start this one as favourites having beaten Huntingdon and drawn their other two games, but we are very much in the early stages yet with teams settling down, so it is still anyone’s game tomorrow.
Last season they came here on a Tuesday night with a few first team players in their starting line-up, but the Cooks were two-nil up after just nine minutes as Ivandro Monteiro and Ben Short netted early goals, but a hat-trick from first team striker Zac Allen gave Rowell a 3-2 away win and all three points.