Cooks keep up their winning start at Daventry.
The Reserves see off spirited young hosts to make it five out of five and go top of the table.
Tuesday 28th August 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
DAVENTRY TOWN Reserves (0) 0 v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (1) 2
The Cooks reserves travelled to Daventry Town to face their reserve side now managed by former Cogenhoe U18 gaffer Andy Emery and a squad that included no fewer that ten players who had previously featured in one of the Compton Park teams.
Daventry started the brighter of the two and had plenty of possession without really threatening the Cooks back-four marshalled by keeper Stuart Lutter and featuring a changed central partnership with Jamie Inwood and Jack Mullally, replacing injured pair Alex Lowery and Curtis Avery.
Callum Calver launched a first time cross into the box that Munya Matiyenga headed away at the far post while down the other Jacob Cox won the ball in the centre and found Jonny Shakespeare on the edge of the box and he went for the far corner, but keeper Mason Gibbins got down to turn the ball around the post for a corner. Matt Johnson played it in towards the far post, but Inwood had pushed his man as the ball drifted slightly too far in front of him.
Patryk Cichosz did well to head away a long ball under pressure then Lutter dominated his box to claim a deep Calver cross. A quick throw from Cichosz was steered into the path of Cox by Shakespeare, but his shot from outside the box was wide of the target. Joe Shanley made a forty-yard run down the left before checking and sending over a low ball that found its way to Harry Darnell via a defender’s touch, but his first-time shot was blocked. A deep Calver free-kick was sent looping goalwards by a Jamie Andrews header, but Lutter stretched to get his hand to the ball and pull it down.
Johnson gave Liam Stone a shooting chance from outside the box, but it was both high and wide as he snapped at it somewhat, while we were opened up a bit by the pace of Jordon Orosz down our right and he sent a good ball across the box, but Inwood was superb and cleared the danger. Excellent play from Cox who turned, made ground and then slipped in Shakespeare, but the big striker’s shot was too close to the keeper. Shakespeare then worked and beat J’nai Butterfield-Steede on the right flank before sending the ball into the box. A defender got a foot in to cut it out, but Darnell was first to latch on to the loose ball and his well struck low first-time shot was well saved at the base of the near post by Gibbins.
A long Gibbins kick was flicked on by Carter Price for Matt Hibberd to pursue, but a perfectly timed tackle from Mullally stopped him before he could get into the box. A Judickas free-kick just outside the box beat the wall, but Lutter was behind it all the way, while down the other end a dangerous Johnson corner and a subsequent low ball back across the box from Darnell both somehow evaded everyone. Shanley stung the keeper’s hands with a shot from the left of the box, then the Cooks skipper found Shakespeare who delivered a great low ball into the box, but it was taken off Cox’s toes as he looked to pounce.
Munya Matiyenga made a couple of good tackles on the dangerous Orosz who had drifted in and out of the game during the first half, but it was the visitors who snatched the lead right on the stroke of half-time. Shanley took up possession and found Shakespeare in a good position on the edge of the box and he fired his shot on target. Gibbins couldn’t hold on though and Joe Shanley reacted to nip and tuck the ball home.
Half-time; Daventry Town Res 0 Cogenhoe United Res 1.
Ali Duncan came on at the break for the impressive Darnell, with Cox dropping into a deeper midfield role. A good tackle form Andrews stopped Cichosz from getting into the Daventry box, while a larger looking Jimmy Lovell sent a shot from just outside the box fizzing towards the goal, but Lutter had no problems with it. Shakespeare sent over a cross that came off a defender’s arm, but young referee Harry Price was unimpressed with the Cooks appeals for a penalty, so Shanley played it back into the danger area, but it just took a touch behind the well-placed Inwood.
Lovely movement from Johnson was matched by his pass to Shakespeare who went for power and saw his shot saved by Gibbins and before the home defence could get the ball away the keeper was forced into an even better stop to keep put Shanley’s well struck shot, but he was eventually beaten for a second time in the next Cooks attack on 53 minutes. Another superb ball from Johnson gave Shakespeare space on the right of the box and he laid it inside to Ali Duncan who forced a great save out of Gibbins but was able to calmly roll the rebound home.
Lutter made another routine save as he got down to hold a Lovell free-kick while a sublime chip from Johnson allowed Duncan to get in behind his man and square for Shakespeare, but his shot hit a defender and fell kindly for the keeper. Orosz became the first player to shown the yellow card for late tackle, then Lovell found time to turn and shoot in the box, but Lutter was perfectly placed to get behind it. A neat turn and cross from Shakespeare was only inches ahead of Duncan’s run to the far post with the striker’s last contribution to the game, being replaced by Jack Bartley while Darnell returned for Liam Stone.
A Cooks corner was returned low into the box and Inwood swept it neatly at goal, but it was too close to Gibbins, then a good angled run from Duncan saw him cut the ball back across the box but too far ahead of his teammates and wide of the far post. Darnell picked out Johnson who went past his man and played it low into the near post, but Bartley couldn’t turn it in. The classy Johnson then came off to be replaced by Harry Southgate with seventeen minutes remaining with Cogenhoe pretty much in control of matters.
Lutter took a corner well, while Darnell’s free-kick can only be described as tame as the game went through a scrappy period as time ticked away. Southgate played a one-two with Bartley before finding Duncan on the left, but his cross was taken high by the keeper. A good break by Daventry saw Joe Cayton run on to a ball to the right of the Cooks box, but Lutter was quickly off his line and dived at the subs feet to claim the ball. With time almost up Calver went through the back of Inwood to earn a booking and he was followed by Bartley and Will Rosevear for a bit of handbags as we went into stoppage time.
Another three points that lift The Cooks to the top of the table as they remain the only 100% team in the division. Loads of positives from this game with Jamie Inwood and Jack Mullally looking very good together at centre-back while the experienced Stuart Lutter kept the back four in shape perfectly. Young left-back Patryk Cichosz is growing with every game and Munya Matiyenga overcame the pacey Jordon Orosz after a tricky start. Harry Darnell looks like a great player in the making and the tigerish Liam Stone battled as he always does alongside him. Man of the match today has to be Matt Johnson who simply oozed class out there while Joe Shanley deserved his goal tonight and settled us into the game. Jacob Cox won the ball and made things happen in the hole behind the striker. While Jonny Shakespeare didn’t score himself tonight, he takes the plaudits for assists on both our goals. Ali Duncan was full of running after coming on at the break and his determination got him the vital second goal, while Harry Southgate and Jack Bartley both came on with the game pretty much won and as such didn’t really get a chance to put a stamp on things.
It’s difficult running a reserve side as things always have to be geared around the first team requirements, so hats off to Craig Hayward and Ben Avery, with special mention to Ellott Bartley for helping out in the dug-outs. Good to see the likes of injured pair Jake Cayton and Ben Drinkwater on the pitch with the lads before the game as this really helps team spirit. So many players who aren’t playing for whatever reason would rather stay at home, but not with the set-up we have at the club.
It’s Yaxley Reserves away on the 3G at Leading Drove on Saturday as the team look to continue their winning start to the season.
Quick word for Daventry manager Andy Emery. A top bloke with a very young side with a lot of them just coming on to adult football for the first time. I wish him all the best and I'm sure they will grow as a team as the season progresses.
Daventry Town; 1. Mason Gibbins 2. Callum Calver 3. J’nai Butterfield-Steede 4. Will Rosevear 5. Jamie Andrews 6. Ollie Emery 7. Gabby Judickas 8. Carter Price 9. Matt Hibbert 10. Jimmy Lovell 11. Jordon Orosz. Subs all used; 12. Joe Cayton 14. Nat Millen 15. Tom Hollis 16. Alix Clarke 17. Not on teamsheet.
Cogenhoe United; 1. Stuart Lutter 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Patryk Cichosz 4. Jack Mullally 5. Jamie Inwood 6. Liam Stone 7. Matt Johnson 8. Harry Darnell 9. Jonny Shakespeare 10. Jacob Cox 11. Joe Shanley ©. Subs used; 15. Harry Southgate 16. Ali Duncan 17. Jack Bartley. Subs not used; 12. Jordan Sweeney 14. Reece Sweeney.
Referee; Harry Price.