Monday 3rd January 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED v NEWPORT PAGNELL TOWN
First things first, HAPPY NEW YEAR to all who are reading this. We kick off 2022 with a home game against Newport Pagnell Town who make the short trip across the border from Buckingshamshire for this Bank Holiday Monday fixture.
The Swans are currently in very good form and hold on to third spot going in to this match and having won their last four games. We have of course already travelled to Newport and won 3-1, this despite trailing to a Darryl Smith goal at the break, but a double from Dylan Wilson and one from Josh Adams turned the game on its head for us in the second half. Since that day things have been very different. The Swans have won nine out of the ten games they have played, whilst the Cooks only have that 2-1 victory over Easington Sports as a three-pointer, with draws at home to Coventry United and away to O.N Chenecks in the Christmas game. Chenecks had taken an early lead in that one and we gave them a number of chances before the break by giving the ball away at the back, but Jack Riley headed us level before the break. The game swung our way with Archie Elmore making it two in two after coming on a sub, but Chenecks snatched a late point to give them the draw they probably deserved on the day.
Newport’s scheduled Christmas game fell foul to the weather, but their previous match saw them beat Eynesbury 2-0 at Willen Road with defender Alfie Powell and leading scorer Jim Burnside on target. The last ten league meetings between our two clubs here at Compton Park have seen the Swans win six, with Cogenhoe winning the other four with the last clash coming back in the 18/19 season before Newport switched to the Spartan South Midlands League for two unfinished seasons. That game saw the Cooks win 2-1 with a 3rd minute goal from Ryan Dove putting us into an early lead, but an unfortunate own goal that went in off Jamie Inwood meant it was all square at the break. Dove missed a penalty on the stroke of half-time, but he was given another chance eight minutes into the second half and this time he stuck it away to give his side the points.
Last ten meetings at Compton Park;
|2018/19||W 2-1||Ryan Dove (2)|
|2016/17||L 1-2||Luke Emery|
|2016/15||L 1-4||Phil Cassidy|
|2014/15||W 2-1||Luke Emery, Lewis Leslie|
|2013/14||W 3-2||Jack Bowen (2), Courtney Herbert|
|2012/13||L 1-2||Lewis Leslie|
|2009/10||W 2-1||Dan Holman, Dan Thomason|
Thursday 6th January 2022
NORTHANTS SENIOR YOUTH LEAGUE- JAYMANN SHIELD GROUP B
COGENHOE UNITED U18 v WELLINGBOROUGH WHITWORTH RED U18
KO 7-45 pm
It has been a long time since the U18s played after their two scheduled games before Christmas were both postponed, so hopefully they can shake off any rust before they head into the start of the Jaymann Shield campaign that sees us matched up with Corby Town, Wellingborough Town and our first opponents Whitworth Red.
We kicked off our league campaign this year with a trip to Whitworth Red and what a game it turned out to be. We led 3-1 at the break with Freddie Shaw on fire netting two great goals and forcing an own goal for the other. A game of two halves rings a bell though as Ralph Morrow took over where Freddie left off with a great hat-trick to snatch the game for the Flourmen 4-3.
Like us, Whitworth haven’t been on the pitch for a while with their last game ending in a 5-3 defeat at home to leaders Bugbrooke, but they had won their previous five games they had played. They can’t be accused of being boring either as they have scored 36 and conceded 16 in the six matches they have played so far, and average of 6 goals for and 2.66 against in the league.
The next game after this for Cogenhoe will be a home tie against Northampton Town in the county cup so I’m sure the lads will be keen to impress against Whitworth and earn a place in the starting line-up against the Cobblers next Thursday.