Easy win for depleted Cooks.
Two goals in each half gave Cogenhoe a very comfortable evening in Bedfordshire.
Tuesday 13th November 2018
FUTURE LIONS UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
POTTON UNITED Reserves (0) 0 COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (2) 4
Liam Stone 14
Jamie Inwood 30
Jordan Sweeney 51
Ash Hewitt 75
Craig Hayward was left with the unenviable task of taking a very depleted squad to Potton on a Tuesday night with his assistant Ben Avery away and more players unavailable than were actually there. Good to see the Chairman there to lend moral support though and I'm sure that was appreciated by the gaffer.
Jordan Sweeney had the game’s first shot inside the opening seconds with a first time effort from twenty-yards, but he didn’t get enough curl to get the right side of the post and then Sweeney tried to play in his strike partner Ash Hewitt who bore down on goal only to be stopped by a great challenge from Potton skipper Tom Boyd.
Potton had quite a lot of the early play without really threatening, although Jim Burnside made a strong run but failed to get his shot on target. The home striker then went past his man before laying it off to Hadley Boughton but he pulled his shot from the edge of the box well wide. Jamie Inwood got his foot to a clearance on the half-way line and it turned into the perfect ball for Hewitt to break clear and Andy Stadnyk brought him down on the edge of the box. Very close as to whether it should be a penalty but the referee deemed it to be just outside the box on the left corner. Liam Stone eyed it up and struck it well beating the keeper all-ends-up and crashing down off the underside of the bar. The Cooks players immediately appealed that the ball had crossed the line and they were fortunate that Potton have a qualified official running their line and he flagged to tell the ref it was a goal. I very much doubt if that goal would have been given by any other club linesman!
Josh Cobb drilled a low cross shot that had Callum Patching stretching and then Jordan Cobb went for goal from thirty-yards and wasn’t too far over the top before Josh hit a shot from the angle of the box that flew wide of the far post as Potton had a decent spell of pressure. Good turn and pass from Jordan Sweeney almost put Hewitt clear inside the box but for a last gasp interception from a defender. The respite was only temporary though as the keeper came and missed the dangerous in-swinging corner and Jamie Inwood turned the ball in from a yard out to double the Cooks lead.
We had a big let off soon after the second goal after giving away possession to allow Potton to attack down the right which left us totally exposed and it really was an awful miss from Burnside, who had received the ball unmarked deep inside the box and he tried to steer it first time but put it several yards wide of the goal. Boyd went into the book for a very poor challenge on Jordan Sweeney and Stone played the free-kick across the box with Joe Shanley and Jamie Inwood coming in unmarked, but unfortunately the ball bounced up and struck Joe’s arm so despite Jamie then turning the ball in, it was disallowed for the former’s indiscretion.
Half-time; Potton United Reserves 0 Cogenhoe United Reserves 2.
Cogenhoe were in charge now and they took just six minutes to get the third and probably killer goal and it was a real beauty too. A superb through ball from Hewitt sent Jordan Sweeney clear and he kept his cool as he got into the box to fire a powerful low strike past Dean Shaw and into the back of the net.
Gareth Hunt had a decent chance for Potton, but Patching saved it comfortably while Hewitt tried his luck from thirty-yards but didn’t connect with it too well. Ryan Lewis became the second home player to be shown the yellow card for a foul just before the hour, while a well-struck Jordan Sweeney shot from distance was held by Shaw at his near post. Jordan was then clearly fouled as he got into the box but he kept on battling for the ball and the ref waved play on. On 75 minutes we got the fourth goal with a similar move to the third, but with the roles reversed. Jordan Sweeney’s perfectly struck pass sent Hewitt running clear and he placed a low shot past the keeper after getting into the box to ensure the points were heading back to Northamptonshire.
The only change for the Cooks saw Joe Shanley replaced by Rhys Sweeney with eleven minutes left with the only action of any real note after that being a thirty-yard shot form George Ryan that was dealt with competently by Patching.
All-in-all a very satisfactory evening for Craig Hayward and a big well done to all those players who made themselves available for the midweek trip and for the effort they put it. Jordan Sweeney and Ash Hewitt may not be considered natural strikers, but they linked up really well in their attacking roles today with Jordan just getting my nod for man-of-the-match.
Potton United; 1. Dean Shaw 2. Jordan Cobb 3. Tom Roberts 4. Gareth Hunt 5. Tom Boyd © 6. Andy Stadnyk 7. Josh Cobb 8. Kuda Makurumure 9. Jim Burnside 10. Hadley Boughton 11. Ryan Lewis. Subs; 12. George Ryan 14. James Tizard 15. Sam Winwood 16. Sam Gunter 17. Will Robinson.
Cogenhoe United; 1. Callum Patching 2. Ceepy Logongo 3. James Dickson 4. Reece Sweeney 5. Patryk Cichosz 6, Jamie Inwood 7. Alex Wills 8. Liam Stone 9. Ash Hewitt 10. Jordan Sweeney 11. Joe Shanley (sub. 12. Rhys Sweeney 79). Subs not used; 14. Craig Hayward 15. Killian Easton.
Referee; Kevin Seckington.