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Four goals in each half end the Cooks Junior Cup dreams at the Quarter-Final stage.

Saturday 11th February 2023




Wisniewski 16, 54

Whittemore 22

Proctor 34, 38

Bettles 57, 69

Blackwell 82


The Reserves faced a tough trip to Isham to face a Kettering Nomads side currently sitting in second place in the Northants Combination with a squad littered with players with UCL Premier Division or higher experience. Two former Cooks players were picked by Joe Rich, Ant O’Connor in goal and Jack Wisniewski, while the likes of Nathan Wills, Mick Tolton, Michael Boyle-Chong, Jake Bettles, Tom Judge and former Kettering Town player Chris Difante are well known amid the Compton Park faithful. To make the day even harder, Ian Adcock was without keeper Ciaran Wells, plus a few regulars that had been cup-tied after playing for the first team in the senior cup against Desborough a couple of months ago. Added to this was the unavailability of inform Connor Gibbins who had scored seven goals in the previous four games was a massive blow.

Nomads rattled in four goals in each half on a gloomy afternoon in the Northamptonshire village, with Wisniewski, George Proctor and Bettles all netting doubles, with skipper James Whittemore and sub Lucas Blackwell bringing up the eight. The Cooks may be out of their last cup competition of the season, but credit must go to Ian and the boys as they were the only Reserve team to reach this stage of the competition.


The lads will be keen to put this behind them when they travel to bottom club Raunds Town next Saturday and hopefully a return to winning ways.




Nomads; 1. Ant O’Connor 2. Curtis Meads 3. George Proctor 4. Nathan Wills (sub 12. Lucas Blackwell 60) 5. Mick Tolton 6. Michael Boyle-Chong 7. Jack Wisniewski 8. James Whittemore © 9. Jake Bettles (sub 17. Chris Difante 87) 10. Daley Ellis (sub (16. Matty Sherwood 66) 11. Jacob Borisuth. Subs not used; 14. Ethan Lee 15. Tom Judge.

Cooks; 1. James Hine 2. Dylan Carlin 3. Tom Mitchell 4. Sam Harris 5. Dan Talbot 6. Lee Felgate © 7. Kieron Mobbs (sub 14. Mirzan Noka HT) 8. Morgan Harrison 9. Isaac Redding 10. Glenn Cakebread (sub 16. Sam Giddens 55) 11. Dan Webb (sub 12. Lorenco Soulollari 55). Subs not used; 15. Ciaran Wells 17. Ian Adcock.

Referee; Ben Bright

Assts; Kieran Defty & Kevin Davis


See Finbarr Carroll’s photo gallery from the game below.

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