Cakebread and Mobbs on target as Cogenhoe win in Leicester.
Saturday 29th October 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
G.N.G OADBY TOWN RESERVES (1) 1 v COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES (1) 2
REPORT SUPPLIED BY IAN ADCOCK.
The Reserves were on their travels once again on a Saturday, this time away at GNG Reserves in Leicester (I’ve dropped the Oadby reference as there is nothing of the long established club left unfortunately, a sad day for me personally as was my first club as a youth!). With only 12 players available, another spirited display was going to be required!
As soon as we’d kicked off, a perfect territory pass, that Jonny Wilkinson would have been proud of, was played by Felgate into the right wing channel where Gibbins kept the ball alive at the corner flag and won a corner off the legs of the home defender. Gibbins took the corner himself and returned the favour putting the cross right back onto the ever-reliable Felgate’s head, only for the skipper to send the free header over! What a chance for the perfect start, but not to be!
The Cooks first major problem happened on 15 mins, Gibbins pulled up on the far side needing treatment. The experienced physio ran on to the pitch and quickly diagnosed a pulled hamstring. Redding on for Gibbins, meaning no more subs for 75 mins!
The home side tried to play out from the back at every opportunity and once this was realised we pressed superbly to keep them in their half for the next half hour. During this time, another Felgate header from a corner was missed, albeit this time a little more difficult as was leaning back slightly, but once again unmarked.
On 33 mins the breakthrough came. A nice exchange of passes saw Mobbs out wide on the left and he delivered a near post ball, where Cakebread was at hand to nip in and put the ball past the keeper at his near side: 0-1 Cooks.
A totally dominant first 35 mins saw the Cooks frustratingly switch off and the next 5 mins saw the home side repeatedly get their No. 8 into the game, who was one of their best two players on the day, with pace and trickery out wide. On 40 mins this told and a nothing through ball that should have been dealt with, saw the No. 8 get between defence and Wells, causing confusion and hesitation, and he has able to steer the ball home on the slide with the Cooks defence not recovering in time: 1-1.
HT: GNG Res 1-1 Cooks Res. A lot of hard work and good play undone by a lapse in concentration.
The second half was more of the same as the first, Cooks dominant in possession and territory, although the home side did have more play in our half as they pushed an extra man further forward.
On 50 mins Redding went down the right using his trickery to beat his man and when the cross should have gone in, cut back and squared it to Mobbs on the edge of the area – Mobbs rode a challenge, shifted the ball to his left and placed a shot across the keeper into the bottom right corner, a fine move and finish: 1-2 Cooks.
The home side threw more players forward as the game went on and it stretched the game, end to end play followed. The final 10 mins saw the best two chances though – firstly, Cakebread put through on goal, calmly rounding the keeper before putting it into the side netting, then likewise for the home side, their striker through and squared it to the unmarked teammate to tuck it away into an empty net, but took a touch to control it and a wonder recovery tackle from Morris denied the home side of snatching a point!
FT: GNG Res 1-2 Cogenhoe Res
A frantic finish to a game that should have been out of sight, however, another 3 points on the road and the Saturday’s unbeaten run continues.
1 Ciaran Wells
2 Dan Talbot
3 Lorenco Soulollari
4 Sam Harris
5 Joe Morris
6 Lee Felgate (c)
7 Connor Gibbins ➡ 15’
8 Dan James
9 Glenn Cakebread ⚽ 33’
10 Keiron Mobbs ⚽ 50’
11 Sam Giddens
12 Isaac Redding ⬅ 15’