Unfortunately Thursday night’s scheduled U18s game at home to Kempston Rovers was postponed.
Saturday 22nd January 2022
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v RUGBY TOWN
After last week’s Saturday off, the Cooks first team return to action with a home game against Rugby Town.
In form Rugby have won ten of their last eleven games and made the last sixteen of the F.A Vase on Saturday when they despatched Lakenheath 5-1 at Butlin Road. Their only defeat during that run came at home to leaders and still unbeaten Hinckley LRFC and they will be difficult opponents to overcome, so we will need to be on top of our game if we are to take three points off of them on Saturday. The superb run started straight after a surprise 3-1 home reverse to Long Buckby, but they had been a little inconsistent before that, although the up-turn in form has seen them move up to currently sit fourth in the table.
Up until a few seasons ago The Valley had played their league football at a higher level and then on relegation they dropped into the Midland League so it was 2018/19 before they came to Compton Park as a UCL club and on that occasion they beat us 3-2 in a rather controversial game. Ryan Dove gave us the lead on 33 minutes, but former Cooks player Fazel Koriya levelled six minutes later. Lewis Rankin put the Warwickshire side ahead on 56 minutes, then a very debatable penalty award allowed Koriya to net a second on 74. Cogenhoe threw everything at the home defence but they held out until three minutes into stoppage time when Dove netted his second of the game, but the final whistle blew soon afterwards with the Cooks furious with some of the refereeing decisions on the day. That remains the only time we have met here in a league match with the last two scheduled games coming after the lockdowns.
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN Reserves v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves
The Cooks Reserves make the short trip to Newport Pagnell as they look to carry on from where they left off on Saturday. Fourth placed Kempston were beaten 3-0 at Compton Park last week with Jessi Obeng, Luca Iaciofano and Ben Short all on target in the second-half. The Swans were also victorious as a late Daniel Bolzon goal gave them a 1-0 win away at Yaxley. The two have already met this season at Compton Park where the Cooks ran out 3-2 winners after a dramatic finish to the game. Obeng fired the Cooks in front after 14 minutes, but Bolzon (35) and Ben Lester (42) swung the game Newport’s way before the break. We had played 89 minutes when sub Kelvin Gyamfi looked to have earned the Cooks a point, but things got even better for us when Ben Mason netted the winner two minutes into stoppage time.