Hillier Senior Cup Final
Cogenhoe 0 Daventry Town 3
Borneo Martell Turner Coulston has continued its sponsorship of Cogenhoe United, who on Tuesday 8th April played in the final of the Northamptonshire FA Senior Cup for the first time in their history against Daventry Town, at Sixfields Stadium.
Entering the tie as the underdogs Cogenhoe started the match very brightly and had a good opportunity to open the scoring when Courtney Herbert raced through on goal, only to be denied by a good save from the Daventry Town goalkeeper.
Cogenhoe were unable to make their early pressure tell and Daventry Town started to create some chances of their own and former Cogenhoe striker Scott Cross scored in the 33rd minute after Cogenhoe failed to clear a cross from the left. The goal certainly seemed to lift Daventry, who had further chances to score in the run up to half-time, hitting the woodwork on 2 or 3 occasions.
Going in to the break 1 nil down wasn't such a bad result for Cogenhoe and they were still firmly in the match.
The Cooks started the 2nd half well and the forced substitution of Elliott Lamb-Johnson through injury didn't have too negative an impact as Danny Thomason came on and helped create further chances. A goal mouth scramble could have easily resulted in a goal for Tom McGowan but Daventry managed to scramble the ball clear.
With Herbert providing a constant threat up front, Cogenhoe were always in the match and were pushing hard for the equaliser but an 85th minute goal, again from Cross, was a killer blow. With time running out, and team surging forward a breakaway goal in added time sealed the tie for Daventry, who ended up 3-0 winners. A scoreline that perhaps flattered the victors a little but a deserved win none the less.
Whilst they will be no doubt disappointed with the result, the whole team acquitted themselves extremely well against higher league opposition and they should be proud of getting to the final. The management team of Andy Marks and Paul Lamb have put together a good team, on limited resources and hopefully next season will see them able to push on and strive for further success.
With 3 games to go of the league season, and a top 3 finish up for grabs there's still plenty to play for and we wish them well for the remainder of the season.
Cogenhoe United's Reserve team are also in the hunt for some silverware in their attempt to retain their United Counties League Reserve Division title. Currently top of the table with a handful of games to go, it is looking good for Colin Cooper and his team. The crunch fixture would appear to be Cogenhoe's home tie versus 2nd place Peterborough Northern Star on Saturday 12th April. A home win would all but guarantee back to back titles. Good luck to the team.