AFC Rushden & Diamonds 4 Cogenhoe United 2
On Saturday the first team made the short trip to The Dog & Duck for our first ever game at first team level against the new AFC club from the defunct Rushden & Diamonds, it was a wet pitch with long groomed grass that met us as the first spell of wintery weather greeted us, a healthy 400+ crowd was there to witness the events! they were not to be disappointed as both teams made the best of the conditions to provide a six goal thriller with chances aplenty too.
Early exchanges soon produced an opening goal when The Cooks failed to pick up the well known threat of a ball floated upto the ex Cooks pairing of Dunkley and Koriya, with Fazel Koriya gladly accepting the nod down from the big target man after just 5 minutes.
Two minutes later the Cooks were dealt another blow losing one of our threatening attacking players when Steve Blackwood couldn't move the ball from under his feet and his studs stuck in the lush grass and he sustained a nasty looking injury, much to the apparent amusement of the paying throng!
An interesting tussle with Lamb Johnson and his opposing full back developed during the remaining of the first half, The Cooks ended the half much the stronger team and half time came along without another goal, the closest we came was having the ball hooked off the line from one of our chances.
In the second half Tom Liversedge had two excellent chances to put us on terms early in the second period but it was two quick goals on 65 & 68 minutes coming about from the aerial threat that gave our hosts a three goal cushion. It was Courtney Herbert who added to his seasons tally as he raced clear onto a through ball and easily beat the advancing keeper to score an excellent goal, a golden chance fell to Jamie Russell two minutes after, but he put his shot over the bar as he started to lose his footing.
Substitute Ben Morgan finished off a well worked goal on 86 minutes to ensure the points were won, but we were not to be out done and put some respectability to the scoreline as Herbert headed home after a scramble from a corner kick deep into injury time. The final whistle blew as the game restarted and the large crowd had been treated to an excellent local derby.
Our second string kept a smile on our faces as news filtered through the afternoon of a 7-2 home victory against Raunds Town second string, Charlie Wixon and Ashley Bradshaw each bagged a brace with Franco Reina and youngsters Luke Emery and Jake Cayton completing the rout.