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Saturday 1st October 2022





Cakebread 13, 31


Ben Clarke 35

Report supplied by Reserves manager Ian Adcock.

The Reserves hosted Godmanchester Rovers Res, in what felt like a must win game, despite being so early on in the season.

The Cooks started bright with Cakebread having a half chance within the first 5 mins and then a one on one with the visitor’s keeper saving well with his feet.

Gibbins looked very lively on the right, sending a rasping shot inches wide of the far post and then forcing the visitor’s keeper into action once again with a wonderful save low down to his right – it couldn’t be another one of those days again, surely?!

Nerves were eased on 13 mins when Cakebread got put through down the inside left and coolly slotted home at the near post to break the deadlock. 1-0 Cooks.

A nervy next 15 mins from The Cooks followed, in what has been a common theme lately when taking the lead in games. That was until 31 mins when a seemingly nothing ball was sent through but the visitors had a mix up between their keeper and defender and Cakebread was on hand to steer home his second for the day. 2-0 Cooks.

A calm last 15 mins to the half should have followed, but that’s not what our season has been about so far, so cue a 30-yard volley into the top corner from the visitor’s No. 9 on 35 mins! A stunning strike but completely against the run of play, meant The Cooks went into HT 2-1 up, but questioning how it was so close once again.

To be fair, the visitor’s No. 9 (Ben Clarke) was a handful, he kept our defence honest all game and single-handedly dragged his team up the pitch at times.

The second half was a professional performance, something we have been looking for over the last few games when we’ve not managed games out in the right manner. So although a bit of a scrappier half, it was personally more pleasing as we didn’t give the opposition a clear cut chance.

There were still more opportunities for us to extend the lead though and this is certainly an area we need to work on. Gibbins put a header wide, whilst the visitor’s keeper made two further very good saves from Aylesbury & Mobbs, in what was a man of the match performance from their No. 1.

It finished 2-1 and the much needed 3 points were the most important thing on the day, to move on to Bugbrooke Res away on Tuesday night.

Cooks; 1. Ciaran Wells 2. Dylan Carlin 3. Lorenco Soulollari 4. Luke Andrews © 5. Sam Harris 6. Joe Morris 7. Connor Gibbins 8. Lewis Green 9. Glenn Cakebread 10. Ash Masumbuko 11. Keiron Mobbs. Subs all used; 12. Callum Farmer 14. Regan Aylesbury 16. Isaac Redding 17. Sam Giddens.

Glenn Cakebread’s winning double took his tally to 4 for the season.


As Ian stated above, the Reserves are back in action on Tuesday night.

Tuesday 4th October 2022




The Sett,

Gayton Rd,


KO 7-45 pm

The Cooks will be looking to make two on the spin when they make the short trip to play Bugbrooke St Michaels on Tuesday night, As is often the case with UCL Reserve teams who contain a number of young players, they have already seen both ends of the spectrum with an 8-0 win over Daventry and a 5-2 victory over Wellingborough Town being amongst the highlights, whilst they have also lost 1-6 at home to Kempston Rovers and 5-1 at Newport Pagnell Town, which is perhaps why they sit comfortably in mid-table after eight games. They are four points ahead of the Cooks having played a game more, although they have failed to win any of their last three games with the latest being a 2-2 draw at Whitworth which came after a home defeat to G.N.G Oadby Town by the odd goal in five.

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