Reserves have Six Appeal.
Four goals in the first thirteen minutes all but seal the win at Desborough.
Friday 10th August 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
DESBOROUGH TOWN Reserves (1) 1 v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (5) 6
Desborough; McGovern 27.
Cooks; Drinkwater 5, 48; Shanley 7, 40; Shakespeare 10; Lowery 13.
A stunning start from Cogenhoe saw them pull the Desborough defence apart time after time and all but wrap up the points in the first ten minutes on a rare Friday night outing for the team. Cogenhoe were straight on the attack and Munya Matiyenga slipped the ball into the box for Matt Johnson who flicked it into the danger zone, but keeper Aaron Pestell dived on it before an orange shirt could get the final touch. A long Curtis Avery throw was headed out to the edge of the box where Jonny Shakespeare went for goal with a volley, but it was well off the target. A slide-rule pass from Jacob Cox sent Shakespeare totally clear and he took it into the box, but an unfortunate bobble saw him lose control at the vital time and the keeper was able to slide out and take the ball.
The fact that all that came before we took the lead after just five minutes indicates the dominance we had in the early exchanges, although Desborough’s Perry Brown did launch a free-kick into the box that Joe Evans came and punched clear over a forward’s head. The first goal saw Ben Drinkwater in a very similar position to the one Shakespeare had found himself in a minute before and he latched onto Reece Sweeney’s through ball and calmly side-footed past the beleaguered keeper and just inside his left-hand post. Two minutes later and scorer became provider with a great run into the right of the box that saw him cut the ball back across the six-yard box for Joe Shanley to tap in from a couple of yards out at the far post.
Drinkwater was the real scourge of the home side’s defence and he ran into space on the right corner of the box before unleashing a shot that forced Pestell into a good save before Cogenhoe added a third on 10 minutes. Drinkwater got free again and held the ball up in the box before playing a low ball across that Pestell could only parry and Jonny Shakespeare pounced on to put his shot past the defender covering on the line and into the net. It became four three minutes later when Johnson’s corner was steered in by the returning Alex Lowery from seven yards out, although the keeper will be disappointed that it got past him after he got his hands to the shot.
Cogenhoe continued to cause problems for Ar Tarn and Johnson saw a shot blocked and Lowery forced a save with his volley from just outside the box. Shakespeare did really well in the centre and sent Drinkwater away again, but his shot was just wide of the far post and it was Desborough who struck next. A superbly weighted ball from Perry Brown found Dan McGovern in the box and he calmly steered it first time past Evans to pull one back on 27 minutes. The home side now had a good spell and Lowery did really well to cut out and clear Luke Noble’s low ball into the near post.
Shanley found Drinkwater wide left and he set up Cox on the edge of the box, but Pestell got down well to save his low strike. We perhaps pushed up a little too far at one point and left Jack Riley completely isolated with two men to cover. As a result Desborough opened us up completely with a measured pass from Dalby and Noble got clear to pick out McGovern well inside the Cooks penalty area, but this time his shot cannoned off the top of the bar and went over. A real let off for the Cooks.
Drinkwater found Shakespeare just outside the box and turned well but his shot was wide, but on 40 minutes the Cooks went nap. Another long Avery throw saw Lowery get up and steal a touch in front of the keeper and Joe Shanley diverted the ball home with his knee as he came in behind him. Johnson forced a very good save out of Pestell after a neat one-two with Shakespeare and this proved to be the last real action of an amazing forty-five minutes for The Cooks.
Half-time; Desborough Town 1 Cogenhoe United 5.
The hosts made a couple of changes at the break, while Craig Hayward rested Jonny Shakespeare with Liam Stone coming on. Jacob Cox moved up front with Stone taking his spot in the middle.
Any thoughts of an easier half for Desborough must have been obliterated on 48 minutes as Ben Drinkwater again found space to run at goal and he clipped the ball past the keeper from just beyond the right corner of the box. Another beautiful piece of football from the striker who really does look like a natural and a great summer signing.
Matiyenga slipped a great ball down the right for Johnson who eased past his man and pulled the ball back across the box, but Pestell was aware to the danger and stretched to cut out the cross. The subs then started with Desborough making constant changes, while Cox and Shanley made way for Ali Duncan and Harry Southgate respectively. Duncan looked lively straight away and played the ball into to Drinkwater just beyond the right-hand corner of the box and he beat the keeper with a low drive, but it smacked against the base of the far post and came back into play. An inch away from what would have been a very well-deserved hat-trick.
Reece Sweeney had a couple of decent efforts from outside the box, but both were just too high to add to the scoring, while in between them Craig Hayward brought Shanley back on for Jack Riley and Ben Alibone for man-of-the-match Ben Drinkwater. The final sub for the Cooks gave Jordan Sweeney a chance in place of Matt Johnson. Jut a word on Johnson who is looking fitter all the time and he was the Rolls-Royce of the team today, purring through the game and looking every bit the cultured footballer.
The last quarter of hour saw Cogenhoe ease off the gas as the five changes took time to settle and Desborough had a lot more of the ball. Because of this and they could easily have reduced the arrears. A great run from Luke Noble set up Connor Bellamy to cut in and his shot from twenty-yards fizzed just over. The same player cut in to shoot again minutes later, but good defending from Lowery allowed him to block. A low drive from Adam Dalby forced a great save from Joe Evans, diving to his right and then Dalby cut us open with a superb ball to Perry Brown beyond the far post who met it on the volley, but again Evans made a good stop to deny him. The last shot of the game came from Reece Day, but it was a yard over and referee Peter Wilson blew time on a great Friday night for the Cooks who sit proudly on top of the table tonight.
Ben Drinkwater stand-out man-of-the-match tonight. Matt Johnson so much in control of the game, fantastic to see Alex Lowery back in blue and hopefully he can commit to play regularly again and become a member of the first team squad this season. Munya Matiyenga’s return to the club and his 100% effort from whistle-to-whistle is always a good thing and such a likeable lad to have around the team too. Curtis Avery is looking fitter and despite going down injured early in the game, he got up and fought on for the whole 90 minutes. Taking a time to come back from 18 months plus out with injury is never going to be easy, but he is making huge strides now. Difficult game for Joe Evans having been a spectator for long periods, but some great stops when called no and no chance with the goal. Jacob Cox is of course coming back from breaking his arm last season and looked pretty sharp today, while Jonny Shakespeare took his goal well to add to the two on the opening Saturday and there will be plenty more to come from the big striker. Jack Riley took on the left-back role today and has now played in every role across the back four. University means he isn’t available to play every week which is a real shame, but always does a great job when available and can be relied upon for whichever team needs him. Reece Sweeney was superb in the centre today and is another player whose ability means he is utilised in many positions on the park, while we saw the old Joe Shanley again today and so pleased he got his two goals. Loads of ability and can win matches and just needs to believe in himself a bit more as he has the ability to become a first team regular. Very difficult for the subs today as they came on with the game won and Desborough battling for pride more than anything else and it was the number of changes rather than the players on the park which meant we lost our shape to a certain extent.
Desborough; 1. Aaron Pestell 2. Nathan Wamala 3. Perry Brown © 4. Chris Logan 5. Kevin Buchanan 6. James Lorimer 7. Luke Noble 8. Adam Dalby 9. Jordan Middleton 10. Corey Beattie 11. Dan McGovern. Subs all used; 12. Connor Bellamy 14. Jack Chalker 15. Reece Day 16. Scott Grant 17. Terry Baldwin.
Cogenhoe; 1. Joe Evans 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Jack Riley 4. Curtis Avery 5. Alex Lowery 6. Reece Sweeney 7. Matt Johnson 8. Jacob Cox 9. Jonny Shakespeare 10. Ben Drinkwater 11. Joe Shanley ©. Subs all used; 12. Liam Stone 14. Harry Southgate 15. Ali Duncan 16. Ben Alibone 17. Jordan Sweeney.
Referee; Peter Wilson.