Saturday 9th April 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (4) 4 BOURNE TOWN Reserves (2) 2
Reza 6, 35
Mason 11, 28
Report kindly supplied by Damien McGrath.
We were tight on numbers as a several players were away, so the squad included 4 under 18’s, 3 under 17’s and an U16, with next season’s reserves manager Ian Adcock on the bench!
The game started brightly with the first goal coming after just 6 minutes. Ben Mason drew a foul on right hand edge of Box, Shad Reza shot, and got a deflection that gave the keeper no chance. 1-0
The 2nd followed after 11 minutes, great work from Darren Fotso down left wing and super cross to Ben Mason who controlled the ball and slotted home
2-1 after 13 minutes, Bourne attack ended in a bit of a melee in the box, and a spilled ball saw a fortunate shot that beat Ben Westwood, and although he was probably fouled, the goal stood.
It could easily have been 2-2 but for a superb save from Westwood.
3-1 after 28 minutes, Kelvin Gyamfi left their right back for dead and a dinked the ball into the box and Mason met it with a diving header that beat the keeper and hit the net.
We were pegged back to 3-2 though as Bourne broke from the right and slotted home on 30 minutes as the goals continued to flow.
On 35 we went 4-2 up. A lovely ball by Nzube Nwosu, who was fantastic all the 1st half, split the defence and Reza had a 1 on 1 with the keeper and smashed the ball into the net for his second of the game.
Just on half time it could have been 5, another great ball by Gyamfi saw Darren Fotso blast over the bar from 1 metre out, but apart from that he had been class all game.
2nd half the wind got up and we were playing against it. Bourne used it to their advantage using the long ball and then pressed us for the first 20 minutes. Allam and McGrath at the back kept possession and linked up well with Ware and Nwosu, absorbing the pressure and all keeping a cool head to manage the game, with the last 25 minutes being quite uneventful as the clock ticked down
60 minutes saw Medan replaced at right-back by 17 Year old Joey Kearsley and 65 minutes saw 16 year old Shaun Fotso replace his brother Darren.
A great win against a battling Bourne, both teams played good football and in a great spirit. A shout out to the multitasking Bourne Chairman, who was also Lino and sub!
Cooks; 1. Ben Westwood 2. Seb Patrick Meden (sub 12. Joey Kearsley 60) 3. Lorenco Soulollari 4. Harry Ware 5. Nat Allam 6. James McGrath 7. Nzube Nwosu 8. Darren Fotso (sub 14. Shaun Fotso 65) 9. Shad Reza 10. Ben Mason © 11. Kelvin Gyamfi. Sub not used; 15. Ian Adcock.
Next up for the Reserves is a trip to Raunds Town on Tuesday night. The Shopmates have had a tough season and lie bottom of the table some seven points adrift of their nearest rivals. The Cooks are five places and twenty-four points ahead of their hosts who went down 1-3 at home to seventh place MK Irish on Saturday with former Rothwell Corinthains first teamer Kalon Peniasko getting their consolation goal. The Cooks won the reverse fixture 4-2 back in September with Shad Reza and Luca Iaciofano both scoring twice as Mohamed Sayed and Justin Dickinson scored for Raunds.