It’s local derby time again on Tuesday night as we make the short trip up the A45 to face Wellingborough Town in the Chromasport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division. While we were going down to a 0-1 defeat at Kirby Muxloe on Saturday, The Doughboys were enjoying a rare weekend off as their scheduled opponents Boston Town were flying the flag for the league in the F.A Cup.
While The Cooks currently sit in 15th spot with 8 points from 8 games, Wellingborough are two places and one point adrift of us having played the same amount of matches. Their recent form hasn’t been too good at the Dog & Duck with defeats against Yaxley (0-2) and Desborough (4-6), but away from home has seen a couple of victories as they progressed in the NFA Senior Cup 1-0 at Brackley Town Saints and picked up three points at Oadby Town with the same scoreline. They have also crashed out of the FA Vase to Division One highflyers and local rivals Raunds Town (0-2) and became the only side to drop points against Sleaford Town when they could only draw 2-2 at Eslasforde Park.
Last season this game was our Easter Monday treat, but the summer changes to the division have meant Whitworth taking over the Bank Holiday duties with one of the closest local derbies you can possibly have. The game ended 2-2 at The Dog & Duck with Cogenhoe disappointed not to have taken all three points from a really good performance. A decent three figure crowd watched Cogenhoe twice take the lead in a game between two inform sides, but Lloyd Buckby salvaged a point for the Doughboys with a late equaliser. Alex Lowery gave Cogenhoe a deserved lead after just four minutes, but Jack Wisniewski cancelled it out on 23. Matt Long then restored Cooks advantage on 36 minutes when he squeezed the ball past Ollie Reynolds from an angle and that looked like being enough to secure the points, but the Doughboys and Buckby had the last word.
Kick-off is at 7-45.
Updated 18:47 - 2 Oct 2017 by Paul Jackson