Six appeal for Cooks.
After falling behind, Cooks cruise to comfortable win.
Saturday 21st July 2018
COGENHOE UNITED (3) 6 v BUCKINGHAM ATHLETIC (1) 1
McBride 39, 50
With Ryan Dove away and Jacob Gartland injured, Ryan Ansell played in the middle of the front three, while Séan McBride took the armband. Callum Patching got his first action in goal as he fights against a thigh injury, Dan Stevenson returned at the centre of the defence, Harry Chipchase started in the middle and Josh Melling returned at right back.
Buckingham Athletic started the brightest and were looking dangerous up top and I have to say they thoroughly deserved the lead they took on 14 minutes. Disappointing goal to concede though as the crosser wasn’t closed down and it was a free-header that gave Patching no chance. It could have got worse moments later as a powerful run ended with a shot that wasn’t too far over the angle of the post and bar.
Cogenhoe needed something to get them going and they got just that after 21 minutes. A superb ball from Ansell put Montel Dore clear through with just the keeper to beat and he did just that with a well-executed finished as the Athletic custodian tried to narrow his angles.
Dore flashed a volley well over the top but The Cooks took the lead on 31 minutes with a fantastic strike from Liam Tuck. Melling and McBride had combined on the right to find Tuck in space fully thirty-yards out and hit the sweetest half-volley that flew a foot off the ground and beat the keeper all-ends-up and into his left hand corner.
Dan Stevenson got up well to head back an Ansell free-kick across the box, then Inwood fed Dore in the box but his shot was blocked. On 39 minutes it became 3-1 as another great Ansell corner was buried emphatically by the head of the on running Séan McBride from inside the six-yard box and it was a much happier Cogenhoe team that went in for their half-time briefing.
Just one change at the break, Patching still struggling with his injury so Stuart Lutter returned in between the sticks.
Ryan Ansell made a great run into the box and won a corner with his low cross. He took it himself and Stevenson rose to win it, but although he won a corner on the other side, he also suffered a clash of heads that left him with a nasty cut above his eye. After treatment he was advised to come off so Curtis Avery replaced him at the back. When play restarted Tuck swung in the corner and that man McBride rose again to steer a header past the keeper and inside the far post for his second of the game.
Lutter made a good save from a well-struck effort before Jake Stone made a couple of double substitutions to make sure everybody had a run out today. Ben Drinkwater and Luke Stone the first two, soon to be followed by Charlie Hynam and Tom Iaciofano. The latter being given a chance after really impressing in the reserves.
McBride became provider on 63 minutes, although Ansell still had it all to do after he received the ball on the right. Going past his man to get into the box and finishing with a well-struck shot past the keeper. Ansell was then to set up another on 72 as he ran at the defence before finding Ben Drinkwater on the right corner of the box and he hit a brilliant shot across the keeper and into the far corner. A very similar effort to the one he netted for the Reserves last weekend and it looks like we have a very useful player on our hands here.
Athletic could well have been thinking that it wasn’t their day after they had a clear penalty waved away and then saw a well-struck shot go just wide of the post. The former of these was the reason they had a player booked for carrying on with his protests.
Iaciofano picked out Drinkwater just beyond the far post, but his instep volley went wide. The last action saw the impressive Ansell break through the heart of the defence to get into the box, but he couldn’t beat the keeper with his shot this time.
A very positive start from Buckingham Athletic and it looked like we were still in the changing rooms for the first fifteen minutes, but once we got up a head of steam there was only ever going to be one winner.
The next action is the first game of the Future Lions United Counties League season next Sunday away to Whitworth as we take part in the Groundhop weekend. A preview of this game will follow later in the week.
Cooks; 1. Callum Patching 2. Josh Melling 3. Jamie Inwood 4. Liam Tuck 5. George Barnell 6. Dan Stevenson 7. Séan McBride 8. Harry Chipchase 9. Matt Long 10. Ryan Ansell 11. Montel Dore. Subs all used; 12. Ben Drinkwater 13. Stuart Lutter 14. Charlie Hynam 15. Tom Iaciofano 16. Curtis Avery 17. Luke Stone