Cooks ease past Chenecks in cup.
Two first half goals saw the Ressies progress in the League Cup against local rivals.
Tuesday 21st August 2018
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-KITMANUK RESERVE KNOCK OUT CUP-FIRST ROUND
COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (2) 2 v O.N CHENECKS Reserves (0) 0
A balmy summer evening and an unusually wind-free Compton Park set the scene for a local derby as Craig Hayward’s side aimed to make it four out of four as they kicked-off their League Cup campaign against old rivals O.N Chenecks Reserves.
Jacob Cox tried to play Ben Drinkwater in but his pass was slightly over-hit and then Johnson did well to work the ball inside the box before pulling it back to Harry Chipchase on the edge, but his powerful low strike was blocked by a Chenecks defender. A really good Chipchase free-kick from wide left came off the top of a Chenecks defender’s head and hit the face of the bar before being claimed by Simon Meekey, then some good judgement by Drinkwater saw him gamble and leave his marker for dead just inside the Chenecks half before running on and shooting as he got into the box, but his effort was taken comfortably by Meekey.
Cogenhoe had something of a let off when Munya Matiyenga misjudged a Chris Gilligan ball into the box and stooped low to intercept. Not entirely sure whether he was going to try and head or chest the ball. But it struck his arm and went behind for a corner. Chenecks wanted a penalty and I have to say they were probably right, but a corner is all they were given. The visitors could have taken the lead a couple of minutes later when Joel McFarlene picked out Sam Lapite with a cross, but despite being unchallenged he didn’t get much power behind his header and Joe Evans was able to hold on to it.
The breakthrough came on 17 minutes when Curtis Avery launched one of his long throws into the box and Matt Johnson jumped in front of Meekey at the near post. I am not sure whether Jono got a decisive touch with his head or it was the just the keeper’s glove, but it went in and that is all Cogenhoe will be interested in. Giving the goal to Johnson as the TV cameras failed to show tonight.
Another long Avery throw saw Chenecks struggle to deal with and resulted in a corner which lead to the second goal on 21 minutes. Chipchase’s delivery was excellent and Ali Duncan got above the keeper to steer his header home from the edge of the six yard box and Cogenhoe were 2-0 up.
Drinkwater brought the ball down superbly on the corner of the box and outfoxed both defenders marking him to come inside and curl a shot towards the far corner, but it was agonisingly inches wide. Drinkwater and Duncan worked well to set up Johnson just outside the box but his thunderous shot clipped the side netting as it flew just the wrong side on the upright. Johnson then worked his way into the box on the right before finding Joe Shanley in a good position, but The Cooks skipper’s shot was blocked with the last real action of the first half.
Half-time; Cogenhoe United Reserves 2 O.N Chenecks Reserves 0.
A great cross from Johnson picked out Drinkwater at the far post where he controlled it well and tried to lift the ball over Meekey, but the keeper was able to get a hand to the ball and claw it out for a corner. Chenecks then had a good spell of pressure and probably should have pulled one back when a forward found space at the far post, but he put his first time volley over from close range. Craig Hayward made his first swap with Reece Sweeney coming on in place of Chipchase with the midfielder having had some match-action ahead of the first team game tomorrow at Rushden.
Johnson played a free-kick into the danger area but Alex Lowery’s header was just over the bar, before another change saw Jonny Shakespeare replace Drinkwater as again the player coming off is likely to be involved on Wednesday. A great low ball sent Shanley into the box on the left and he tried to sweep a shot past Meekey, but the keeper had read it well and come off his line to make a good save.
Another lovely cross by the impressive Johnson saw Duncan stoop to head at the back stick but it went the wrong side of the post, the striker’s last action before being replaced by Liam Stone for the last ten minutes. Stone had only been on the pitch for about sixty seconds when Gilligan took him out and became the first player to be shown the yellow card and he was joined two minutes later by one of their subs as Chenecks frustration boiled over temporarily.
Shakespeare saw a low free-kick saved comfortably by Meekey and then Cox found himself in space to break on the right of central-midfield, but he miscued horribly much to the enjoyment of the small throng of Chenecks supporters directly in front of him. The last chance fell to Shakespeare after another good ball from Johnson, but Meekey saved comfortably and that was that.
A reasonably comfortable passage to the next round for Cogenhoe against a somewhat disappointing Chenecks Reserves tonight. A solid if not spectacular performance seeing us deservedly through with Matt Johnson my man-of-the-match tonight, with a number of impressive performances right across the park from his teammates.
Cooks; 1. Joe Evans 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Patryk Cichosz 4. Alex Lowery 5. Curtis Avery 6. Harry Chipchase (sub 14. Reece Sweeney 65) 7. Matt Johnson 8. Jacob Cox 9. Ben Drinkwater (sub 16. Jonny Shakespeare 70) 10. Ali Duncan (sub 12. Liam Stone 81) 11. Joe Shanley ©. Subs not used; Elliott Bartley and Jack Bartley.
Chenecks; I couldn’t get hold of their team tonight and there were a few players I didn’t recognise.
Referee; Chris Rowland.