The Reserves turned on a dazzling display as they hammered high-flying Kempston Rovers 6-1 at Compton Park.
SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED RESERVES (3) 6 KEMPSTON ROVERS RESERVES (1) 1
Connor Gibbins (3)
Konnor Dixon (2)
The Reserves hosted the in-form Kempston Rovers Reserves on Saturday, without their own in-form Dan Webb, so their backs were up against the wall before a ball was kicked.
Connor Gibbins returned to the lineup and took the No. 9 shirt in Webb’s absence – big shoes to fill was the message in the dressing room beforehand and boy did he fill them!
The first half turned out to be the Gibbo Show – first missing a hattrick of chances (one he will be disappointed not to find the net with, followed by 2 difficult headers), but then he more than made up for it by still scoring a first half hattrick!
The first came on 15 mins from some good refereeing, allowing play to go on after a foul in midfield, which sent Glenn Cakebread jinking into the box only to get clattered into – surely a penalty? No, more advantage played by the ref as the ball broke to Gibbo who slotted it across the keeper for his first of the season. 1-0 Cooks.
His next he owes all to Konnor Dixon, a wonderful driving run from midfield, going in between defenders and then rounding the keeper to only find the inside of the post and the ball stopping on the goal line- that said, Gibbo was first to react and poach another in true striker fashion! 2-0 Cooks.
On 40 mins, however, a sucker punch came. The Cooks full of confidence from a dominant first half, overplayed in their own half and the visitors turned the ball over and broke quickly down their right. A ball into the box and their player found the net with their first chance of the game. 2-1 Cooks.
It would’ve been a blow to go in at HT with only a 1 goal lead from such a dominant display, however, in the final minute of the half, Sam Harris found Gibbo in the inside left channel with a measured pass, who went outside of the CB and once again found the bottom right corner for his timely third. 3-1 Cooks.
HT: Cogenhoe Res 3-1 Kempston
The first 15 mins of the second half was always going to be crucial, expecting a reaction from the visitors and whether we could match that. It was pleasing to be the latter with it being a fairly even affair during this period. The next goal was key though and it was the impressive Konnor Dixon who secured his first for the club – receiving a through ball and calmly finishing first time. 4-1 Cooks.
It was Dixon who was involved again, when carrying the ball from midfield once more, before getting felled 25 yards out from goal. Up stepped Captain Felgate who dispatched the resulting free kick into the top corner with a fine strike. 5-1 Cooks.
There was still time for another as Pierre Ngolo beat his man down the right to cut it back to Dixon once again and he slotted it through the keepers legs for his brace. 6-1 Cooks.
There were two very good missed chances from the visitors midway through the second half, however, we also hit the post twice along with the missed chances in the first half meant the scoreline wasn’t flattering in any way.
A complete performance from the boys and one that has been coming for some time.
FT: Cogenhoe Res 6-1 Kempston Res
MOM: Konnor Dixon (2 goals, 2 assists)
PHOTO GALLERY KINDLY SUPPLIED BY FINBARR CARROLL.
Cooks; 1. James Hine 2. Dan Talbot 3. Dan James 4. Sam Harris 5. Joe Morris 6. Lee Felgate © 7. Kieron Mobbs 8. Konnor Dixon 9. Connor Gibbins 10. Glenn Cakebread 11. Lorenco Soulollari Subs; 12. Dylan Carlin *(65 mins) 16. Pierre Ngolo *(65 mins) 17. Ian Adcock.
Kempston; 1. Alfie Bozward 2. Corey Bulley 3. Wojciech Klekowski 4. Sam Harris 5. Angelo Moscaritolo 6. Giovanni. Moscaritolo 7. Ben Sinclair 8. Reece Martindale 9. Sam Daminabu 10. Joshua Adeniyi 11. Bradley Cann. Subs; 12. Shane Wright 14. Norbert Broniewicz 15. Pierluigi Castelland 17. Ben Cherry.
Referee; Chris Coles.