Whilst the first time have a weekend off, the U18s and Reserves have plenty of action to look forward to over the next few days, starting with the biggest game tomorrow night as the Cobblers visit Compton Park.
Thursday 13th January 2022
NORTHANTS F.A DAVID JOYCE U18 CUP-SEMI FINAL
COGENHOE UNITED U18 v NORTHAMPTON TOWN U18
The Cooks entertain the youth team of local EFL club Northampton Town in the semi-final of the NFA David Joyce Cup hoping to pull off the result of the season and reach the final where the winners will face Bugbrooke St Michaels.
The Cobblers came into the competition at the quarter-final stage and romped to an 8-0 win at Wellingborough Town, but the Cooks have had to play twice, winning 3-1 at AFC Rushden & Diamonds before beating Rothwell Corinthians Development 3-2 here in the village. Neither team have enjoyed their starts to 2022, both losing their first games heavily. The Cooks were beaten 5-0 here by Whitworth Red last Thursday and the Cobblers travelled to Sutton United where they went down by a disappointing 4-1 scoreline.
This game is obviously going to be a tough task for the Cogenhoe youngsters, but it’s a chance to impress against the town’s ‘big club’ and anything can happen over 90 minutes, just think back to Coventry City a few seasons ago and how close we pushed Crystal Palace.
Saturday 15th January 2022
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED v KEMPSTON ROVERS
After last weeks postponement, the Reserves will be hoping to shake off the rust and get going again as they host Kempston Rovers in the league. The Walnutboys second string are currently fourth in the table and have the advantage of ninety-minutes in their legs last weekend when they hammered Irchester United 11-1 at Hillgrounds, with Luke Burrows and Ayomide Akinbobola both netting personal trebles in the game. Rovers needed that win if they are to keep their title hopes alive after failing to do so in their previous three games, but they certainly know where the goal is having netted those eleven, one eight, five sevens and two sixes already this season. One of the half-dozens came in the reverse of this fixture at the start of October when they came from behind to beat us 6-1 with a late rally. Ben Mason had given the Cooks the lead after just 3 minutes, but doubles from Rafal Wielblad and Ben Cherry were back up by Giovanni Moscaritolo and Akinbobola on the day.
It has been a few weeks since the Cooks last played, but they are in pretty good form having won three and drawn one of their last five games and they will be a different prospect from the last clash between the two sides as they went through a tough patch, especially at the back.
Monday 17th January 2022
NORTHANTS SENIOR YOUTH LEAGUE-JAYMANN SHIELD GROUP B
CORBY TOWN U18 v COGENHOE UNITED U18
Jimmy Kane Way, Corby.
KO 7-45 pm.
The U18s are quickly back in action when they travel to Corby on Monday night hoping to pick up their first points in this competition against opposition from the North half of the league. Corby won their first game in the Jaymann Shield last Thursday when they returned home from Wellingborough Town with a 4-1 win, leaving them second behind Whitworth Red.
JAYMANN SHIELD GROUP B