Saturday 2nd September 2023
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE – PREMIER DIVISION SOUTH
COGENHOE UNITED v RACING CLUB WARWICK
The Cooks return to action at Compton Park tomorrow hoping to build on back-to-back wins over the Bank Holiday weekend and extend their three-game unbeaten run, but current leaders Racing Club Warwick are likely to be the toughest test yet for Scott Carlin’s young squad.
Warwick sit top of the pile seven games into their first season in the UCL having won six in a row after being held 2-2 by Desborough on the opening day and can still boast an 100% away record in the league too. Bugbrooke (2-0), Eynesbury (5-0) and GNG (4-0) have all been successful trips, while you will also notice they are yet to concede a goal on their travels. This is only in the league though as they did taste defeat at Darlaston Town in the F.A Cup in what must be said was rather a surprise result. They have conceded five goals on their 3G pitch at Hampton Road though, but they did keep a clean sheet for the first time last Saturday as Luke Shearer scored the only goal of the game against Easington, his sixth of the season. In the scoring stakes, Matt Reed is only one behind him on four, while they have had nine different players having already found the back of the net. RCW spent a number of years in the Midland Combination before progressing up to the Southern League for a few seasons, but recent times have seen them compete in the Midland Football League where they had an excellent second half to the season last time out and they are expected to be there or abouts in their new surroundings come next April.
The Cooks enjoyed their Bank Holiday weekend, progressing in the F.A Vase following a tricky trip to Bedfont and they followed that up with a 2-1 home win over Eynesbury on Monday afternoon, but both games could have seen more emphatic scorelines in the Cooks favour had they taken a higher proportion of the chances they created. Adam North will return between the sticks tomorrow after missing Monday’s game, while Josh Jones may be a doubt after going off injured in the first half shortly after scoring a cracking goal against Eynesbury.