Thursday 16th December 2021
NORTHANTS SENIOR YOUTH LEAGUE-SOUTH
CRANFIELD UNITED v COGENHOE UNITED
KO 7-45 PM
The Cooks youngsters play their final game of 2021 tomorrow night when they travel into Bedfordshire once more to face second-place Cranfield United hoping to complete a double over the Cranes.
Our hosts had led the table for the last few weeks, although they had played a lot more games than both Bugbooke and Whitworth Red, with former overtaking them after their 4-2 win at Kempston Rovers on Monday night. The Cranes didn’t get off to a very good start in their return to the NSYL after several years absence, but after playing ten games they boast a healthy points total with seven wins, five of them coming in their last five games. The last time they tasted defeat was at Compton Park where the Cooks ran out 4-2 winners in a great game of football to watch. It was 3-0 at the break, although that probably didn’t do Cranfield justice, but it is about taking your chances. James McGrath made his debut for the Cooks after switching from AFC Rushden & Diamonds and the centre-back made a dream start by scoring twice in the first 17 minutes, with an own goal adding to the Cranes woes. It was a very different start to the second period though as two quick goals from Lewis Johnson and Sam Moore brought things back to 3-2, but Cogenhoe showed some very good resolve and got themselves going forward with intent before a great goal from Shad Reza sealed the win seven minutes from time.
Neither club played last week, but the previous week saw Cranfield edge a 2-1 win at Bedford Town with Stan Ayre and Sam Manning on target, whilst the Cooks lost 3-1 at Bugbrooke with Matt Fletcher having levelled early in the second half for the Cooks. As I said before, Cranfield have been in this league before and the last encounter I can find at Crawley Road was back in the 2009/10 season which saw the Cooks win 3-2 on their way to the championship. Two goals from Liam Tuck and one from Jordan Richards outweighed a double from M Kalugin.