Slick Cogenhoe sweep aside Corinthians.
In a pretty one-sided affair, Cooks Reserves finished their season with a 4-0 win at fourth placed Rothwell Corinthians.
Saturday 22nd April 2017
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE-RESERVE DIVISION
ROTHWELL CORINTHIANS Reserves (0) 0 v COGENHOE UNITED Reserves (4) 4
Cooks; Stevenson 15, Cayton 39, Ansell 42 Shanley 43
Cogenhoe United Reserves travelled to meet the team one place below them in the table as they kept up their bid for second place on a lovely sunny afternoon. Jake Stone made a few changes from the side that had been held to a 1-1 draw with Olney Town in midweek with Jacob Gartland, Jake Cayton, Elliott Bartley and Ryan Ansell all starting the game today.
The first exchanges were pretty even, but Cogenhoe slowly started to stamp their authority on the game. Joe Shanley showed great determination as he battled back to win the ball and break into the Rothwell half, only to be stopped by a foul. Elliott Bartley, starting up front with Ansell, got on the end of his strike partner’s corner and although his shot was blocked, he still managed to get another effort on target, but his attempt to lob Taylor Woods didn’t have enough height on it and the keeper took it comfortably. Josh Melling lifted a ball up to Ansell on the edge of the box but the striker had strayed offside. Shanley found Lewis Galpin and he played a great ball into Bartley who cut in nicely but found no power in his shot. A good, positive start from the Cooks.
Rothwell were having a few attacks of their own, but the defence were protecting their keeper well, with George Barnell’s robbing of Jordan Boyle-Chong on the left a prime example of this. Shanley made an impressive run on the right, but his cross was easily cut out by Reece Martin, then Ansell saw a shot blocked before battling to win the ball back and sending over a cross, but this was headed away by a defender. Dan Stevenson showed some cool defending as he turned and played a great ball out of defence after Barnell had intercepted a through ball. Martin played a free-kick into the Cooks box which Stevenson got a head too. Dan Barker got a foot in to steer it to Adam Smith, but his angle was very acute and he drove his shot into the side netting. Bartley tried to slip a ball through for Ansell, but it was a bit too strong and Woods came off his line to dive on it. Gary Williamson played a good ball out to Matt Redding and played it into the box, but good pieces of defending from first Barnell and then Jacob Gartland on Redding meant they couldn’t get a shot in.
Gartland played a ball inside to Cayton who played it wide for Melling and he made good ground into the Rothwell half before exchanging passes with Cayton and whipping in a dangerous cross that Connor York headed away. A good Ansell corner was almost met by Stevenson, but a minute later the same scenario saw the big centre-back arrive at the far post and this time he met well and his header from just inside the six-yard box was too powerful for Woods to keep out.
Galpin cut inside Tom McLaren and hit a shot from just outside the box that made Woods work, but the keeper got his body behind it well. Bartley got up well to head on a Cogenhoe clearance and Ansell played the ball into the box for Shanley, but unfortunately it just wouldn’t fall for him. Bartley held up Mellings throw well to give Cayton the chance to shoot, but his effort was blocked in the box, then Bartley returned Shanley’s throw and the wide-man whipped in a cross, but Martin was there to head clear again. Shanley tried a shot after Galpin’s cross had caused problems, but his effort was well over the bar. Gartland’s free-kick from the half-line was a good one, but Bartley was pulled up for pushing in the box. Barnell won the ball inside his own half and broke forward before laying it wide to Melling and the right-back played in a good cross, but Woods managed to tip it over everyone’s head at full stretch. Barker went into the book for a foul on Chipchase, while Melling slipped a great ball through to Ansell who had sprung the offside and hit a shot from the edge of the box, but Woods claimed it at the second attempt. A great strike from Shanley had the keeper beaten but not the post and the rebound header was saved by the keeper. Barnell played a great ball out to Shanley who sent Gartland free on the overlap, but his cross was dealt with by the home defence, while at the other end Stuart Lutter had to come out to the edge of his box to pick the ball up with Joe Ginns chasing it down.
Cogenhoe finally grabbed the second goal they had been promising on 39 minutes. Bartley swept the ball wide to Shanley and he pulled it back across the box where Jake Cayton fired it into the corner with an excellent first time finish. Cooks were well on top at this point and Galpin cut inside Boyle-Chong, who stretched to bring him down before he could get into the box. Probably should have been a yellow card for the Corinthians skipper and although Ansell’s free-kick looked decent, it went over everyone’s head and out for a goal-kick. Shanley burst through on the left and pulled the ball back across the box again and this time he found Ryan Ansell, the striker perhaps should have beaten the keeper with his first effort, but he managed to bundle the ball home, although he did so via the inside of the post, making it 0-3 with 42 minutes gone. A minute later and the rampant Cooks had a fourth, with Joe Shanley thoroughly deserving of getting his name on the scoresheet. The Cooks number eleven broke into the box on the left, held off the challenge of McLaren and fired a shot past Woods as he tried to narrow the angle. The downside of this was the defenders desperate attempt to stop his shot saw him catch Shanley late and the youngster was left on the deck in some pain.
Half-time; Rothwell Corinthian 0 Cogenhoe United 4.
Unfortunately the impressive Shanley was unable to continue and another promising youngster in Elliott O’Reilly took his place on the left side of midfield. With the game all but lost for the home side, they used all their subs for the start of the second half with Williamson, Smith and Barker all going off, being replaced by Will Linnett, Pericles Campara-Gomes and Tom Mills.
It was important that Cogenhoe continued to press and Ansell weaved his way into the box before seeing his shot blocked, while Galpin’s follow up effort was saved by Woods. Linnett got up well to flick on for Redding to run into the box, but Lutter was quick off his line and dived to save his shot. Bartley then tried a first time shot inside the box but it was straight at the keeper with little power behind it. Redding hit a powerful shot from the right side of the box, but it was just wide of the post with Lutter having it well covered. More good play saw Melling exchange passes with Galpin on the right, allowing the full-back to get into the box, but he was closed down and his shot was blocked at close range. It flew to the other side of the box where O’Reilly touched it inside and sent a dipping shot over the keeper that bounced off the bar and behind. Jake Stone made his second change with Bartley making way for Sean Nicholson in a straight swap up front.
Corinthians should have reduced the arears when a quick break down the right saw Mills pick out an unmarked Redding in the box with a superb ball, but it may well have bobbled on the bumpy pitch as he fired well over the bar from close range with the goal at his mercy. Woods reacted well to get to the ball before Ansell after Stevenson had headed on Melling’s free-kick, then Stevenson lifted the ball wide to Nicholson who played it into Ansell’s feet in the box. It looked like one of those scenarios where you can have too much time and the striker ended up putting his shot over when he probably should have scored. Jacob Gartland had stayed down injured and after some treatment on the side-line, he was replaced by Ross Garlick with 25 minutes remaining.
Nicholson did really well to flick an awkward ball on for Galpin, but he was crowded out as he got to the box, then Stevenson stooped to head on a Cayton free-kick, but Woods came off his line to punch the ball to safety. Cayton got the ball on the left of the box and cut inside along the by-line and as he skipped past a couple of challenges, Campara-Gomes brought him down for a clear-cut penalty. Harry Chipchase wanted it, but was over-ruled by the bench to give George Barnell a chance of his first goal of the season. Unfortunately for him he hit it at a good saving height and Woods dived to his left to push it away. Galpin was first to the rebound and he played it back across the box and Ansell got his shot through the crowd of players, but again Woods was the hero as he pushed it away two handed.
Stevenson was earning his corn at the back as he got up to head out a long ball and Chipchase played it through to Nicholson, who in turn laid it wide to Galpin and with Boyle-Chong closing him down well, he laid it back to Melling who played in a first time cross with his left foot that Rothwell managed to scramble away, but a great break all the same from Cogenhoe. Nicholson got away from his man on the left side of the box, but his low cross was too close to the keeper, then Ansell played a decent free-kick to the far post, but unfortunately Stevenson and O’Reilly got in each other’s way and neither could get a clean header in. An O’Reilly corner saw Stevenson try to hook the ball goal-wards, but it was wide of the post, then Barnell almost put Galpin in, but it was a little too strong and Woods collected. Garlick cut inside and beat his man before setting up Nicholson, but he couldn’t get any power behind his shot. Galpin drifted past two defenders before trying a showboating cross that was easily dealt with by Martin. With the game almost up, an unnecessary kick from behind by Linnett that the referee didn’t see caused bad feeling and tension and moments later an awful tackle by Adam Lingley saw tempers overheat. As players from both sides piled in and things got out of hand for a moment or two and when all had quietened down, referee Mick Matthews, on his own at this level, brandished the red card to Lingley and then Cogenhoe’s Chipchase and soon after the restart blew the final whistle. Disappointing to end an entertaining game in this fashion but hopefully we’ll just remember those four first half goals and Harry Chipchase’s little tantrum when he wasn’t allowed to take the penalty!
A very good all-round performance from Cogenhoe today with loads of plusses to bring an end to the season. They did all they could and hold on to second spot for now, although they will have to wait until next Saturday to see if that is where they finish. Stand-out performances for me today from Joe Shanley, although forced off at the break, and from George Barnell and so I’m giving them joint man-of-the-match. Other mentions in despatches today for Josh Melling, Jake Cayton and Lewis Galpin for their performances, but in truth everybody deserves praise from this display.
Once again well done to Jake Stone, Curtis Avery and Lee Haines for their achievements in their first season in management/coaching and let’s hope results go their way next Saturday and they can hold on to the runners-up spot. Just so you know, Desborough have a better goal difference than us, so if they beat Olney Town they will finish second, any other result will mean we do, so come on Olney, do us a favour please!
Rothwell Corinthians; 1. Taylor Woods 2. Connor York 3. Jordan Boyle-Chong © 4. Tom McLaren 5. Reece Martin 6. Gary Williamson (sub 14. Pericles Campara-Gomes ht) 7. Matt Redding 8. Adam Smith (sub 16. Tom Mills ht) 9. Adam Lingley (sent-off 90) 10. Dan Barker (sub 12. Will Linnett ht). Sub not used; 15. Ollie Simnert-Potts.
Cogenhoe Utd; 1. Stuart Lutter 2. Josh Melling 3. Jacob Gartland (sub 12. Ross Garlick 65) 4. Jake Cayton 5. George Barnell 6. Dan Stevenson 7. Lewis Galpin 8. Harry Chipchase (sent-off 90) 9. Elliott Bartley (sub 17. Sean Nicholson 56) 10. Ryan Ansell 11. Joe Shanley (sub 16. Elliott O’Reilly ht). Subs not used; 14. Reece Sweeney 15. Jacob Cox.
Referee; Mick Matthews.