Spoils shared at Eynesbury.
Luke Stone's opener cancelled out by Danny Draper in a 1-1 draw.
Saturday 8th December 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-PREMIER DIVISION
EYNESBURY ROVERS (1) 1 v COGENHOE UNITED (1) 1
Rovers; Draper 29
Cooks; Stone 24
Jake Stone made a couple of changes from our last game two weeks ago with Jack O’Connor out after suffering a broken nose against PNS and Josh Melling unfortunate to find himself on the bench from where George Barnell stepped back up and Montel Dore returned after being unavailable due to work.
Cogenhoe thought they had snatched an early lead and I feel they were very unlucky to have it chalked off by the assistant referee’s flag. Stuart Lutter launched a big kick into the Eynesbury half and it came off a defender to send Matt Long through inside the box and he calmly lobbed the ball over the keeper’s head and into the net, only for play to be brought back for offside midway in the half. A superb piece of finishing from Long but sadly it counted for nothing. Ryan Ansell swung in a corner that Aaron Brown punched unconvincingly from under his bar as Cogenhoe started brightly, then great work down the right saw Long beat his man and send over a cross that Ryan Dove met, but it hit a defender and went behind for another corner. Liam Tuck used the wind to curl this one in but it was too deep and went straight out untouched beyond the far post.
A nice move from the Cooks started when Barnell won a header in his own half and steered it up to Dove who stooped to steer it with his head and Long swept it wide for Dore who took it on before sending over a good cross that picked out Long’s run into the box, but he couldn’t keep his header on target. Jordan Brown got the better of Luke Stone and Alex Lowery with some blistering pace and he took it to the byline and slipped a good low cross into Steve Gentle at the far post, but Barnell blocked his shot on the line before finally scrambling the ball away to safety. Dore and Long combined nicely on the right flank before the latter delivered a cross that Stone volleyed just wide from twelve yards out.
Tuck whipped a great ball from the left that the defender misjudged completely but Dove coming in behind was unsighted and couldn’t take of advantage of the situation. Ansell felt that the ball had come off a defender on the way and should have been a corner and his protests lead to a yellow card from referee Abdul Kadir. Dan Stevenson blocked a powerful James Ducket shot on the edge of the box, but we were soon down the other end again as great running from Long gave Dore the chance to step inside his man and get in a shot that hit a defender, with Stone first to the loose ball but his effort was also blocked and looped up and into the keeper’s waiting arms.
On 24 minutes Cogenhoe deservedly took the lead when Dore sent over a great first-time cross and Dove got a touch to it leaving Ansell to shoot from the edge of the six-yard box, but he had been closed quickly by Jack Uttridge and Butcher. Ansell’s shot was blocked by one of these two and came out to Luke Stone fifteen-yards out and he calmly slotted the ball home.
Tuck got in a couple of dangerous crosses in quick succession, the first being headed behind by Uttridge, the second was pushed away from inside the six-yard box by Butcher. Eynesbury were looking dangerous on the break though through the pace of Brown and he provided the chance that brought the home side level on 29 minutes. Brown again beat Lowery and got into the box although Lutter closed him down and saved his shot, but Brown was able to steer the loose ball into the path of Danny Draper who stroked the ball home at the far post.
Barnell lifted the ball high into the Rovers box and Butcher lost it over Dove’s head, but fair play to the keeper who recovered quickly to reclaim the ball before Ansell could take advantage. Brown again got past Lowery and cut into the box along the goal-line before sprawling to the ground. The whistle went an it was hearts in the mouth time for a split second, but Mr Kadir had awarded it Cogenhoe’s way and promptly booked the Rovers man for diving.
Another Long cross saw Dove beaten in the air by Uttridge and Stone tried to steer a header at goal, but with no pace on the ball he couldn’t get enough behind it to trouble the scorers.
Half-time; Eynesbury Rovers 1 Cogenhoe United 1.
Eynesbury stepped things up from the off after the restart and Rob Ducket sent a first-time shot wide from twenty-yards, Brown saw his shot blocked by Barnell and then Draper sent an angled-drive fizzing towards the roof of the net only for Lutter to make a very good save as he turned it over the bar. The game’s first sub saw Rob Ducket make way for Rhys Thorpe before Lowery made a good interception from Brown’s cross and Curtis Hartley fired the loose ball well wide.
A Draper corner was headed out by Tuck with Brown driving it back in but this time Stevenson blocked his effort. A cross from Thorpe saw Stevenson get a foot to it at the near post and Lutter claimed the ball before Gentle could get there.
A Cogenhoe corner caused some controversy as a number of people claimed it had been cleared by a defender’s arm but the officials saw nothing awry and Eynesbury broke very quickly and had a fantastic Barnell tackle to thank for stopping Draper getting clear inside our box. A Draper corner came flat off Hartley’s head and went wide and then Callum Milne was given too much space to run into, but he hit his low shot straight across the face of the goal and wide of the far post.
Jake Stone changed his format to try and counter Eynesbury’s dominance after the restart and Cogenhoe were next to show as Séan McBride played the ball into Long’s feet on the edge of the box, but Uttridge just managed to get a touch on the ball as the Cooks strike turned him. A couple of subs followed for Cogenhoe with Tom Iaciofano replacing Ansell and then Charlie Hynam coming on for Luke Stone.
We had Lutter to thank again as time ticked away, coming off his line to slide out and win the ball in the corner of his box as Brown got himself clear of his man. Hynam went into the book for a foul just outside the box which seemed a little harsh from where I stood, but Lutter saved Milne’s free-kick at the near post. Tuck became the third Cogenhoe player to be shown the yellow card for something he said and the last action of the game saw Milne head a corner wide of the target and both sides had to settle for a point.
This was definitely a game of two-halves. The first being competitive with Cogenhoe in control but Rovers looking dangerous every time Jordan Brown got to open up his legs, while the home side bossed things after the interval with Cogenhoe seeming like they had stayed in the dressing room. The biggest plus must be the fact that Eynesbury didn’t test Stuart Lutter too much despite their possession. When he was called upon the keeper did everything he had too and his save from Draper came at a vital point in the game, while he bravely dived at Brown’s feet late on and for these moments he earns my man-of-the-match award today. George Barnell pushed him close, while Montel Dore had a very good first half, as did Matt Long who worked tirelessly and got some good balls into the box but didn’t see much of the ball after the break.
I think on reflection we should look back and see this as a point gained even if it did put an end to our winning run and 1-1 is probably a fair result over the whole ninety-minutes. We have two home games now in the run up to Christmas with Whitworth and Rothwell Corinthians heading to Compton Park on the next two Saturdays.
Eynesbury; 1. Aaron Butcher 2. Curtis Hartley 17. Luke Smith 4. James Ducket (sub 14. Rhys Thorpe 53) 5. Jack Uttridge 6. Jack Warwick 7. Danny Draper 8. Rob Ducket 9. Steve Gentle 10. Callum Milne 11. Jordan Brown. Subs not used; 12. Hayden Bream 15. Steve Shaw.
Cooks; 1. Stuart Lutter 2. George Barnell 3. Liam Tuck 4. Séan McBride 5. Alex Lowery 6. Dan Stevenson 7. Montel Dore 8. Luke Stone (sub 14. Charlie Hynam 81) 9. Matt Long 10. Ryan Dove © 11. Ryan Ansell (sub 15. Tom Iaciofano 75). Subs not used; 12. Josh Melling 16. Connor I’Anson.
Referee; Abdul Kadir.