The winning run continues as Peterborough Northern Star are defeated at Compton Park.
Saturday 2nd October 2021
UHLSPORT UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED (1) 1 PETERBOROUGH NORTHERN STAR (0) 0
Darren Long was forced into a late change with Jordan Orosz having to drop out on the day so Paddy Cichosz started at right wing-back with Will Bates moving into the centre of midfield. New signing Ryan Archer started in place of the now departed Jamie Mastropierro in a straight swap, while Chief Boateng had to make do with a place on the bench. Rico Alexander is now the holder of the captain’s armband. Another new signing is Alex Vaughan who recently put pen to paper from Sileby and he was amongst the subs along with Luca Iaciofano and Freddie Shaw from our U18s squad.
Cooks were a little slow out of the blocks today with PNS having the early attacking play, but we soon found our rhythm with Cichosz curling in a free-kick from near the touchline, but it curled straight to Max Peverell in the visitor’s goal. A lovely turn and shot from Dylan Wilson from inside the box on the left went just the wrong side of the far post then Archie Culley’s shot from a similar position just a few yards further out, went just the wrong side of the same post. Cooks were putting some pressure on Star now and Culley fed Wilson who beat his man and played it across the box only for it to be won by a defender, Josh Adams played it back into the danger zone and this time it was headed away and finally Bates went across his man inside the penalty area and drilled in a low cross that was cut out and the visitors finally managed to clear their lines. Bates saw a shot from 20-yards deflect over the bar for a corner, then Cichosz did well to win a 50-50 before playing it across to the left of the box where Culley met it with a decent effort that went just wide.
Another nice move saw Wakley and Wilson combine well and create the chance for Bates to deliver a cross that Wakley did well to win on the air under pressure from Callum Madigan, but his header was wide of the far post. Adams sent over a dangerous corner that nobody touched, but we finally took the lead on 28 minutes and it has to be said it appeared to be coming. Tom Wakley is in fine form in front of goal and he made it four in three matches with a great turn and finish from 15-yards out that went across the keeper’s dive and into the far corner.
Archer played it wide for Cichosz and sent a good ball across the box that neither Wilson or Wakley could turn in, then Culley put the ball into the box only for Josh Pike to make a good interception, then the defender did enough to make it difficult for Wakley and earned his team a goal-kick. A great flowing move saw Culley and Bates involved before Wakley slipped it back to Culley who dinked a nice ball into the box and Wilson forced Peverell to dive to his left and make a good save just inside his post. Wakley picked up play on the half-way line and ran through the middle with the defence opening up on front of him, so he went for goal just as he approached the edge of the box, but pulled his shot a foot wide of the target.
Craig Foxall hadn’t had too much to do in the pouring rain, but he was still fully alert as he came off his line quickly to deny Trey West as he tried to run onto Denis Tomkins’ clever chip over the top.
We may have been it little slow in first couple of minutes, but we were looking good now and probably should have been more than one goal to the good as we headed in for the break.
HALF-TIME; Cooks 1 PNS 0
Bates made a strong run as he drove for the box only to be brought down 18 and-a-half yards from goal. Steve Ganley was given magic sponge duties and he patched Will up enough to carry on with his usual energetic game. Culley tried a shot from 25-yards out that he wasn’t really balanced for and the ball went in the direction of the Brafield Road without actually going out for a throw in, whilst Wakley made a good run down the right to win a corner as Luke Clemenson matched him and blocked his cross.
A short corner over the other side saw Culley play it to Adams and he delivered a dangerous looped cross that was headed just wide at the far post by Jack Riley as we continued to look for that crucial second goal. We were very close to it though when Wilson set up Adams on the edge of the box and he stepped by his man before hitting a very good shot that Peverell did well to touch over the bar with his fingers. A flurry of subs followed either side of the hour mark as Lloyd Burton brought on Ben Robinson and then Josh Burkitt with the injured Trey West and Denis Tomkins going the other way. West had been caught in the shin with some studs so hopefully that clears up quickly for him. (I should point out that he did refuse Debbie’s offer of a hug should his Mrs be reading this).
The Cooks change saw Cichosz come off with Boateng going up top, Bates going out to the right and Wakley dropping back behind the front two. An Adams free-kick from the right was a little to easy for Peverell to take, but down the other end Foxall was forced to dive to his right to save a low shot by Jack Eldridge, then he recovered superbly to get up and dive on the ball with a striker desperately trying to get there before him. It is so comforting to have Craig back there playing as he is, not just those watching behind the barrier, but it must be appreciated by his teammates too.
A nice dink over the top from Adams looked dangerous but unfortunately Boateng slipped on the sodden surface, then Wilson robbed Burkitt and sent over a cross that was deflected wide for a corner. Adams swung it in and Peverell punched it in the air under pressure and as the ball stayed inside the box Riley stabbed it forwards only for the keeper to be back on his line to claim it safely. Wakley made a run down the right before squaring it across the box for Wilson who saw his shot tipped over by Peverell. Wasn’t sure myself, but I’m told it was going over, but good keeping all the same. Adams’ corner was met by the head of Riley, but it skidded across the goal and wide.
Peterborough’s last change saw Eldridge replaced by Bradlee Page with 19 minutes remaining. Alexander played the ball through hoping to play Wilson in on goal, but Peverell came out quickly to put the ball into touch, then a free-kick from Bates was just ahead of Riley and Alexander in the box. Page looked dangerous on the break, but Riley was with him all the way and got in a tackle at the expense of a corner, but Archer was at the near post to head it out and the return cross went into the side-netting with Foxall having it covered.
With the lead staying at a single goal, PNS started to find some belief in the fact they could get something out of this game and they had a good spell. Foxall caught a free-kick from distance, but Bates made a good run down the right down the right a played it inside to Wilson who hit a beauty of a shot from outside the box that Peverell once again had to tip over the bar. Culley sent over a deep corner that Riley headed back across the box. Peverell punched it above the head of Wilson only to find Wakley and he hit great volley that smacked against the crossbar. Adams slipped the ball into the run of Wilson inside the box on the left and his powerful shot was blocked as he struck it and flew out for another Cogenhoe corner. Culley sent it over and Alexander rose well, but his header was the wrong side of the post. Foxall had to be strong to win a bouncing ball in the box before a collision with Page won him a free-kick and soon after Sam Anderson blew the final whistle.
It is now four straight wins for Daz and Steve since taking over in the hot seat and again we were deserving winners on the day. Max Peverell had a great game in goal for the visitors and I’m sure he would be their man of the match for his performance today.
A very good performance, especially in the first half from the Cooks and we really shouldn’t have been suffering with the single goal lead nerves towards the end with the chances we created today. Well done to PNS for making this a decent game in pretty horrible conditions though and good luck to Lloyd Burton and his team going forward.
We saw a solid debut for Ryan Archer and he looks to be a good addition to our squad and I have to say well done to Rico, Morts and Jack who defended superbly when called upon today. Dan Mortimer has to be the coolest man on the pitch with nothing fazing him as he goes about his job making it look so easy. Craig Foxall was a spectator for much of the game and on a cold, miserable and wet day that can be tough, but he kept his concentration throughout and on the few occasions he was called upon he was as reliable as ever. You can see the confidence in Tom Wakley now and he was a good shout for man of the match today, with Dylan Wilson going close to keeping his goal-scoring run going by forcing a number of saves out of Peverell. Paddy Cichosz was back in a favoured position and put in a good performance at right wing-back, whilst Josh Adams continues to impress on the other flank with another good performance. Archie Culley has his confidence back now that he is getting regular football and we are seeing the player we had over the last couple of seasons as he grows game-by-game. Just half-an-hour for Chief Boateng today and he held the ball up nicely having come on at a time that PNS were starting to get themselves going. One player missed out and that means he is our man-of-the-match today so take a bow Will Bates. Energetic as ever, creative and strong on the ball and a real danger when running at players. It was a difficult call today with plenty of candidates, but after speaking with a few people his name was the one that came up the most. Debbie kept asking me to give the m.o.m to Rico who was very good out there, but as she started calling for that in the first half I think it might be something to do with his legs…..
No midweek game this week so it’s a trip to Bugbrooke next up for the Cooks on Saturday. The U18s do have a game though as they travel to face AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the NFA David Joyce Cup on Monday night.
Cooks; 1. Craig Foxall 2. Paddy Cichosz (sub 12. Chief Boateng 58) 3. Josh Adams 4. Dan Mortimer 5. Jack Riley 6. Rico Alexander © 7. Archie Culley 8. Ryan Archer 9. Dylan Wilson 10. Tom Wakley 11. Will Bates. Subs not used; 14. Alex Vaughan 15. Luca Iaciofano 16. Freddie Shaw.
PNS; 1. Max Peverell 2. Luke Clemenson 3. Josh Pike 4. Liam Merrick 5. Callum Madigan © 6. Matt Cox 7. Sandro Araujo 8. Ricki Goodale 9. Trey West (sub 14. Ben Robinson 55) 10. Jack Eldridge (sub 16. Bradlee Page 71) 11. Denis Tomkins (sub 12. Josh Burkitt 63). Subs not used; 14. Ben Robinson 15. Theo Baffoe.
Referee; Sam Anderson
Assts; Tony Haynes & Jakub Komisarczyk
The Reserves travelled to Kempston Rovers today and made a good start thanks to Ben Mason’s 3rd minute goal and were level at 1-1 into the break. Gary Fletcher only had the bare eleven players with Archie Shaw having to drop out late on, but at least Manny Asante answered a very late call to join the squad. Numbers counted though as the home side were able to swap tiring legs in the pouring rain and they eventually ran out 6-1 winners.
Cooks; 1. Adamson 2. Sljivic 3. C. Jones 4. N. Jones 5. Walpole (c) 6. Allam 7. Fletcher (Asante) 8. Mensah 9. Mason 10. Reza 11. Jeff Obeng.