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Two from Webb and one apiece for Rundel-Muller and Giddens see Cooks edge a seven goal thriller in Wellingborough.

Saturday 22nd April 2023





We travelled to Wellingborough with the same squad of 13 for the second game running, full of confidence following the excellent 1-0 away win at Desborough on Wednesday night.

The bench was rotated due to the daunting fixture pileup to finish the season and we couldn’t have got off to a worse start – within 2 mins static defending from all saw no one close down the home player on the ball, who had time to place a cross along the floor for the oncoming teammate to slot home from short distance as no Cooks reacted to any of the play. 1-0 Doughboys.
This kicked us into gear and we started to play some good football through midfield and in the final third, on the carpet of a pitch.
On 10 mins Dan Webb was slid through and he finished coolly whilst under pressure from chasing defenders. 1-1.
It didn’t take long to take the lead either, some fine play through midfield and down the left once again saw Aidan Rundel-Muller pop up on the other side of the pitch and when one on one with the keeper, he didn’t disappoint as he found the far right corner with precision. 1-2 Cooks.
The dominance continued and chances kept coming, but it became a frustrating next 20 mins as we couldn’t find that next goal to take full control. The home side sensed this and started to get back into the game, creating two very good chances themselves, both falling to ex-Cook Ben Mason, but the first was shinned wide and the second Ben took too long and allowed a great recovery tackle from Sam Harris to happen.
As the half was fizzling out and thoughts of missed opportunities were on our minds, Sam Giddens popped up in the final seconds of the half and found the same bottom corner as ARM had earlier with fine drive across the keeper. 1-3 Cooks.
HT: Wellingborough Town Res 1-3 Cogenhoe United Res
We started the second half as we finished the first, with Webb this time latching on to a ball over the top and steering it past the keeper once more. 1-4 Cooks.
It’s pretty safe to say from this moment onwards we let the game get scrappy and took our foot of the gas somewhat. Wellingborough got themselves back into the game, keeping the ball well and asking questions of us at times. Some sloppy defending allowed an innocuous looking ball find its way to Mason clear of the defence, he carried the ball towards goal and calm put the ball past Ciaran Wells. 2-4 Cooks.
The home side got another back later on, but that’s all that needs to be said about that as this was during an embarrassing 20 mins period for the match official. 3-4 Cooks.

We held on well in the final 5 mins, but the difference between 5-50 mins and 50-85 was staggering – a few tired legs out there being the main reason with playing 3 days before with the same 13 players. But it’s another win on the road and keeps us on course for that top half finish.

Cooks; 1. Ciaran Wells 2. Sam Harris 3. Dan Talbot 4. Luke Andrews 5. James Hine 6. Lee Felgate © 7. Aidan Rundell-Muller 8. Mason McIlwraith 9. Dan Webb 10. Kieron Mobbs 11. Sam Giddens. Subs; 12. Tom Mitchell (ht-3) 14. Mirzan Noka (ht-10) 15. Ian Adcock (unused).

Talbot ret 65 for 6. Mobbs return 65 for 9.


Report by Ian Adcock.


Photos by Finbarr Carroll.

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