Doughboys defeat knocks Cooks off pole.
100% home record ends in derby defeat.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (1) 2 v WELLINGBOROUGH TOWN Reserves (3) 3
Cooks; Luke Stone 29 (pen) Drinkwater 55
Doughboys; Goldsborough 18,19, 45 (pen)
Unfortunately Wellingborough Town hadn’t realised that Cogenhoe United wear all blue, despite that being their home kick for twenty-plus years, so the Cooks had to play their home game in last season’s orange & back change kit to avoid a clash of colours.
It was a changed line-up with three first team squad members getting some valuable game time after being ruled out through injury in Luke Stone, Ryan Ansell and Ben Drinkwater, while Craig Hayward was without all but one of his youngsters after they had played the night before in the F.A Youth Cup.
Ansell picked out Ali Duncan with a lovely pass and he cut in to fire in a low angled shot that Daryl Pearce could only parry, then Stone tried his luck from twenty-five yards out but his effort was a yard wide. Duncan caused some concern in the visitor’s box with a great ball but Hewitt’s shot was blocked. Good running from Hewitt saw him pick out Drinkwater on the right and he went for goal when a cross would have been the better option on this occasion.
A great ball from Stone sent Duncan into the box but again his shot was blocked. Hewitt swung the corner in but nobody could get a touch as it sailed through the six-yard box. The game completely changed with two goals inside sixty-seconds for the visitors. Firstly James Lea dinked a lovely ball into the box that Lee Goldsborough ducked to steer a header past Cunningham from close range and then Goldsborough drove in a shot from just outside the box and seemed to fool Cunningham on the bounce and continued into the back of the net. 19 minutes played and Cogenhoe went from looking the most likely to score to being two-nil down.
A late challenge from Connor Munro on Drinkwater saw the Doughboy’s centre-half escape with a ticking off somewhat fortunately and Avery played the free-kick into the box to find Drinkwater whose snap-shot was blocked. Hewitt then cut inside Albert Akinremi on the right before the Wellingborough player brought him down. The referee gave a penalty to the Cooks with the visitors complaining the foul was outside the box (confirmed later that it wasn’t a pen). That aside, Luke Stone turned back the years as he placed his spot-kick perfectly into the bottom corner and Cogenhoe had a lifeline with 29 minutes played.
Pearce punched a Stone free-kick out to the edge of the area where Avery returned it at pace on the volley, but it hit a defender in front of the keeper, then great determination from Duncan saw him keep the ball in against the odds before riding a tackle and allowing Ansell to feed Cox just outside the box but once again his shot was blocked.
Goldsborough robbed an off balance Patryk Cichosz just inside the Cooks half to break, but great determination from the young left-back saw him work back and win the ball back inside the area before the Doughboys striker could get in a shot.
There was another twist as we went into first half stoppage time with Wellingborough being awarded a very controversial penalty. Good defending from Avery as he covered Cunningham to head the ball away as the forward looked to pounce on a high bouncing ball. Avery and Akinremi gave chase and the Cooks skipper got there first to put the ball out but the Wellingborough man went to ground again and the ref pointed to the spot. Cat and the ref had been having words seconds before the ‘penalty’ decision, just saying. Goldsborough sent Cunningham the wrong way with his spot-kick to net his third of the game to extend the Doughboys lead.
Half-time; Cogenhoe United 1 Wellingborough Town 3.
One change at the break with Stone coming off and Reece Sweeney taking his place in the centre of midfield. Goldsborough played a free-kick into the box that Lea met with a header, but it was a fairly straight-forward save for Cunningham. The next thing of note in a flat start to the second half was another sub as Joe Shanley came on for Tyrese Paris-Smith as the Cooks changed their formation.
A well-struck thirty yarder from Lloyd Buckby forced a diving save out of Cunningham and then Avery made a brave block as Gillard smashed the rebound goal-wards. On 55 minutes Cogenhoe pulled the deficit back to one goal with some individual skill from Ben Drinkwater who took a pass on the right before cutting inside his man and firing in a low shot from the corner of the box. The keeper did get down to get a touch, but he couldn’t stop the ball from finding the far corner of the net.
Hewitt hooked the ball into the box for Drinkwater but Joe Rich did his job well and launched the ball onto the cricket field, then Duncan teed up Ansell for a shot a few yards outside the box but his shot flew well over the top. A great run from Shanley saw him get past four defenders as he worked his way to the edge of the box, but he had been bumped off balance and as a result he overhit his pass to Ansell. Akinremi ran on to a ball inside the box and just as he was about to pull the trigger Avery made a great challenge, leaving the Wellingborough number two in a heap in the box.
Jonny Shakespeare came on for Ryan Ansell with 20 minutes remaining with the first team player having a good seventy minutes into his legs. Drinkwater whipped a free-kick in from wide on the left that Pearce watched well and turned over the bar. Hewitt swung over a free-kick that Shakespeare rose to head, but it was off target. Cogenhoe continued to search for an equaliser and Drinkwater drilled a low shot straight across the face of the six-yard box. A long Avery throw was misjudged by Duncan close in and the Doughboys broke quickly with Gillard firing in a shot from the edge of the box that Cunningham got down to save.
Another Drinkwater free-kick from down near the corner flag was caught under the bar by Pearce as time ticked away. Neither team had been happy with the ref and with six minutes of injury time played Jacob Cox said too much and was sent-off, then after the final whistle Curtis Avery was also shown the red card to sum up a night to forget for Cogenhoe.
Bugbrooke’s win lifted them above Cogenhoe into top spot after what was a disjointed performance from a much-changed line-up. I felt we did enough to get something out of the game but we just fell short when we got to and around the box tonight. Man-of-the-match today goes to Ashley Hewitt who looked lively through-out but it wasn’t a night for many players to shine if I’m honest. It’s on to the next match now, a home game against Deeping Rangers on Saturday.
Cooks; 1. Zach Cunningham 2. Munya Matiyenga 3. Patryk Cichosz 4. Luke Stone 5. Curtis Avery © (Sent-off 90+7) 6. Tyrese Paris-Smith (sub 15. Joe Shanley 52) 7. Ali Duncan 8. Jacob Cox 9. Ryan Ansell (sub 16. Jonny Shakespeare 70) 10. Ben Drinkwater 11. Ashley Hewitt. Subs not used; 12. Will Rowland 17. Elliott Bartley.
Doughboys; 1. Daryl Pearce 2. Albert Akinremi 3. Nathan Wilson 4. Joe Rich 5. Connor Munro 6. Alex McGeehan 7. Lloyd Buckby © 8. James Lea 9. James Gillard (sub 16. Michael Ajagungbade* 90) 17. Lee Goldsborough (sub 14. Ewan Muircroft 82) 18. Frankie Hayes. Sub not used; 10. Adam Speight 12. Callum Harley.
Sub 16. Wasn’t on the teamsheet and not entirely sure who he was. One of their players said his name was Michael so I’m guessing he is Ajagungbade from their list of players on Full-Time, but the committee were saying his name was Prince Agogo who isn’t on their squad list.
Referee; Simon Castleman.