Much changed side bow out of the League Cup.
With a number of players rested, Harborough Town proved too strong Cogenhoe at a hazy Compton Park.
Tuesday 26th September 2017
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-KNOCK OUT CUP FIRST ROUND
COGENHOE UNITED (0) v HARBOROUGH TOWN (0) 3
Cooks; Bartlett (OG) 90
Bees; Usher 58 Alcindor 77 Wilson 89 (pen)
It was a much changed Cogenhoe team from the one that played so heroically at Histon on Saturday with Tom Chapman resting a number of his squad with his eye on the tough run of games to come. On the sidelines were keeper Stuart Lutter who was still nursing a thIgh injury, skipper Ryan Dove who had come through his first ninety minutes for a few weeks, Luis Vieira who had to helped off on Saturday and Josh Melling who has been struggling with his back. Chris Wreh was unavailable as he had featured for Newport Pagnell Town in the last round and was cup-tied. In came Kiel Mullen at left-back with Dan Smith moving inside to partner Dan Stevenson, Séan McBride after serving his one-match ban, while we had a totally different strike-force as Ali Duncan and Nathan Burrows were both given starts. Liam Tuck moved to the left of midfield and a former Cook returned between the sticks, as Matt Finlay switched UCL registrations with Daventry Town. Matt had been the regular keeper at AFC Rushden & Diamonds for some time, but has found himself on the bench for the Southern League club of late. Munya Matiyenga, Jacob Cox, Dan Stevenson and Ryan Ansell were the only ones to continue in the roles they fulfilled at Histon. The bench had a different look about it too with former ON Chenecks player Montel Dore signing on and young pair J’nai Butterfield-Steede and Tom Brazier stepping up from the reserves to join Josh Melling and Neil Champlovier.
The game got under way at a slightly misty Compton Park and Mullen was first to try his luck at goal with an ambitious thirty-five yarder that he spooned well over the top. A nice move from Harborough ended with Callum Milne crossing and Stevenson heading clear. Play went straight down the other end and McBride tried to put Duncan clear, but Bees keeper Ben Dearsley came out of his box and eventually managed to put the ball into touch. Matiyenga’s throw into Ansell’s feet saw him make space and play a ball into the box where Tuck met it with his head, but it looped just over the bar. Cox won the ball in his own half and started a break that saw Ansell find Tuck on the left with a great ball and he delivered his cross to the far post. Burrows did well to get a header on goal under pressure that Ben Williams blocked on the line, but Duncan looked certain to score as he only had to touch the ball over the line from a matter of inches, but with the keeper and a defender desperately scrambling across the six-yard box he couldn’t get that vital connection.
A great touch and turn from Burrows gave Duncan a chance to run at goal but his cross was cut out. Tuck held the ball up well and almost put Ansell clear in the box, but his first touch was a touch too heavy and the ball ran away from him. Harborough caught out the Cooks back four with a simple ball over the top from Callum Milne and Aaron Preston found himself in the box with just Finlay to beat, but he fired his shot well over the bar. The Bees had a better spell now with James Mee seeing his deflected effort fall nicely for Finally, then Finlay had to move quickly, but only to stop Dino Tuksar’s deflected shot going off for a corner. Cox made a great interception and swept a lovely ball wide to Duncan, but his tried to shoot early and it was blocked and cleared.
A tight first half in which both teams should have scored, but didn’t create too much.
Half-time; Cogenhoe United 0 Harborough Town 0.
Harborough started the second half brightly and Finlay was forced into his first real save early on as he stopped a low Claudio Aca effort from the left side of the box. Cogenhoe made their first change eight minutes in and it was new signing Montel Dore who got his first action in Cogenhoe colours on the left flank. Mullen went into the book incensed with a decision from young referee Jake Webster and ultimately said too much. Finlay was a bit busier now and he came to his near post to punch clear a corner, but the following one saw Greg Usher left with a free header and he made no mistake as he beat Finlay to his right.
The second change came when J’nai Butterfield-Steede came on place of Tuck, but it was Harborough who were still on the front foot as Tony Bartlett gave Aca some space, but he flashed his shot well over from twenty-five yards. Dore tried to play the ball through for Burrows, but Dearsley got between him and the ball and tried to see it out for a goal-kick. Burrows showed great determination and managed to hook the ball back from the by-line and across the box for Duncan, but Williams reacted quicker and played the ball off the Cooks striker and out for a goal-kick. Then the visitor’s made a change with Barnes Gladman replacing Aca up front.
Cogenhoe were having a few attacks and Dearsley did well to punch clear from Ansell’s corner, but it was soon down the bottom end again and Stevenson brought down Gladman just outside the box on the right. Willaims got his head to the Mee’s free-kick, but it was straight at Finlay. Mee went into the book for a foul on Matiyenga, then Preston played a good ball through for Alexis Alcindor to chase and Smith tried to cut it out but failed, leaving the striker clear through and he hit a powerful drive from the edge of the box that flew past Finlay and hit the roof of the net. Tom Brazier was given his first team debut with ten minutes remaining as he replaced Duncan and Cogenhoe went on the attack to try and get back into the game. Mullen played a good ball across the box, but nobody managed to get to it, while Brazier played in Dore, but his shot was blocked. Harry Henbury replaced scorer Alcindor for the final few minutes.
Matiyenga played in an early ball that Burrows headed on target, but found Dearsley well positioned, but any hopes of a late comeback ended as Mullen played a terrible back-pass that left Gladman free to run in the box. He tried to go around Finlay, but the Cooks keeper brought him down for a penalty. The ref showed Finlay the yellow card and skipper Ben Williams buried the penalty emphatically high to the keeper’s left. Harborough made their final swap with Peter Taylor replacing Preston, but it was Cogenhoe who finally got on the scoresheet as we went into added time. Stevenson played the ball up into the area from his own half and Burrows got above his marker to head the ball over the keeper and against the underside of the bar. The ball cannoned straight down onto the goal-line and straight back up to hit the bar again. Tony Bartlett was the defender coming back to try and clear and I’m not sure how he did it, but he fell and somehow managed to put the ball into his own net despite nobody else being anywhere near him!
A deserved win for The Bees against a much-changed Cooks side who never really settled tonight. Good to see some of the young reserve team players get some match action and both Tom Brazier and J’nai Butterfield-Steede showed some nice touches. Montel Dore is a good addition to the squad but needs a bit more action away from the relative freedom of Sunday football before we see the best of him. Jacob Cox gets my man-of-the-match tonight. Some great battling and tackling, plus some good distribution when he came forward.
I felt that winning the game was more important to Harborough tonight, not that we didn’t give 100%, but the way they celebrated their goals underlined that fact. We move on to Kirby Muxloe on Saturday and wish Harborough Town all the best in the next round.
Cooks; 1. Matt Finlay 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Kiel Mullen 4. Dan Stevenson 5. Dan Smith 6. Séan McBride 7. Ryan Ansell 8. Jacob Cox (sub 16. Montel Dore 53) 9. Ali Duncan (sub 15. Tom Brazier 80) 10. Nathan Burrows 11. Liam Tuck © (sub 14. J’nai Butterfield-Steede 60). Subs not used; 12. Josh Melling 17. Neil Champlovier.
Bees; 1. Ben Dearsley 2. Tony Bartlett 3. Dino Tuksar 4. Callum Milne 5. Ben Willaims © 6. Callam Traynor 7. Greg Usher 8. James Mee 9. Alexis Alcindor (sub 12. Harry Henbury 68) 10. Aaron Preston (sub 15. Peter Taylor 90) 11. Claudio Aca (sub 12. Barnes Gladman 68). Sub not used; 16. Ryan Watkin.
Referee; Jake Webster.