Six goals, a couple of class saves and an unbeaten 14th consecutive league away game without defeat – you didn’t think our 17th win in 20 United Counties League Premier Division games was going to be 1-0, did you ??
After our previous 2-2 home draw with Rothwell Corinthians, we went through all the emotions again as Cogenhoe reduced our 2-0 lead to 2-2, and then 3-2 with 20 minutes left, before Luke Emery added to his earlier goal by firing us over the finishing line to complete his hat-rick.
It was all action from the start, as a corner skimmed off United’s Montel Dore’s head and inches wide, to Kieran Fitzgerald’s blocked effort in injury time.
Having seen Corinthians haul us back from 2-1 in the Premier Division, there was a distinct raise in heart rates when Dore smashed in Cogenhoe’s second goal in the 67th minute.
But fear not. Six minutes later, we were back in front as Ollie Stanbridge found Emery and the forward drove beyond Lee Baxter from close range.
Joe Merrill scored in our Rothwell draw, at Elderstubbs, in our last fixture and the full back kick-started it all again. Cogenhoe failed to attempt to clear their lines went all wrong and Merrill drove a 25 yard effort past Baxter, with a minute before the break.
Cogenhoe have a deserved claim for the better opportunities in the opening period, with Alex Lowery’s header and Matt Long who had plenty of time in the six yarder, only to see his daisy cutter well saved by Lustin Cerga after 15 minutes.
Then Adam Creaney beat the offside trap but he tried to round Baxter for a tap in, only to see his next touch allowed the keeper to grasp the ball.
The clock had ticked onto 35 minutes in an competitive half when Emery tried his luck down the right, rounded Baxter, but Emery must have seen the angle to late as he managed to divert his effort into the side netting.
Cogenhoe came back strongly after the break. Ross Harris blocked Long’s low cross shot which fell kindly to Luke Stone, on the edge, but the midfielder shanked his effort wide of Cerga’s far post.
It was frenetic stuff now and we edged further ahead after 53 minutes. The goal came from a lightning break as Baxter’s goal kick held up in the wind, which found Phil Cassidy and he released Emery, he raced down through the middle beating two defenders before calmly picking his spot.
That made it 2-0 and if there were still doubts in the back of the mind following the last game, those doubts rushed to the forefront just five minutes later.
Stone’s ball through ball from the right, Long appeared impeded by Merrill. Penalty, and Stone drilled the ball to his left and home with Cerga grounded to his right – 1-2, 32 minutes to go.
If Daventry felt hard done by, they soon had another goal to think about. But a second goal would always up the ante and it arrived with 67 minutes on the clock.
Iaciofano found Dore in the box, he wriggled away from his marker, the ball ran loose but the Cooks winger latched onto it before a clutch of defenders and dispatched it into the far corner.
Parkinson rolled the dice with two changes in the space of five minutes as Tom McGowan and Dan Childs were replaced by Stanbridge and Dean Lukeman respectively.
The bet paid off as the result was simplicity in itself as Stanbridge’s pin point ball over the top beat the backline, and Emery thumped home for 3-2.
How was this game going to finish? Stay 3-2? 3-3? 4-3 either way? Any number of final scores seemed possible but Emery made sure there were no nightmares this week. The nightmare unfortunately would be on the hosts keeper. Receiving the ball from the back line Baxter pondered on his next move, only for the hitman to nick the ball, stride forward before tapping home in to an empty onion bag with only 7 left on the clock.
With Rico Alexander in fine form and the midfield working overtime Cogenhoe struggled to maintain any real pressure and carve out clear-cut chances, as Fitzgerald’s blocked shot was of anything to note.
Line-ups: Cogenhoe: Baxter, Barnell, Tuck (Melling 42), McBride (Drinkwater 74), O’Connor, Lowery, Hynam (Slinn 58), Stone, Long, Iaciofano, Dore. Subs: Darnell, Stevenson.
Town: Cerga, Merrill, Childs (Lukeman 70), Harris, Alexander, McGowan (Stanbridge 67), Fitzgerald, Cassidy, Emery, Creaney, Orosz (Orosz 85). Subs: Anayiolos, Finlay.
|Cogenhoe United FC||2||Loss|
|Daventry Town FC||4||Win|
|February 9, 2019||3:00 pm||United Counties League||2019||90'|