The curse of Cogenhoe struck again as Peterborough Northern Star saw their 100 per cent start to the new season came to an abrupt end.
The Northamptonshire side took advantage of an error-strewn Star display to claim a 4-3 success at Chestnut Avenue in the United Counties League Premier League Premier Division today (September 1).
Cogenhoe are becoming a frequent irritiation for the city side. They ruined a 19-match Star unbeaten run last season and returned today to bring a fine four-match winning streak to an end.
But Star boss Jamie Weston insisted his players only had themselves to blame after some appalling defending gave the visitors a huge helping hand.
Weston said: “This was a real eye-opener after a good start to the season.
“It showed that we cannot expect to cruise through games when only performing at anywhere near our best for 20 minutes. “And we certainly can’t afford to make the sort of basic defensive errors we did today. They got punished in this game and will continue to get punished unless we cut them out.”
Midfield debutant Callum Reed announced his arrival from Wisbech Town with a goal and an assist for Star.
Reed delivered the corner from which captain Wayne Morris headed Star ahead after 10 minutes but the goalscorer then conceded the penalty from which Cogenhoe levelled.
Morris was left in a hopeless position by a suicidal pass from full-back Matt Cook inside his own penalty area but worse was to follow as Star conceded again inside three minutes.
That’s the way it stayed until a frantic spell just after the hour. Reed lashed Star level after a Nick Davey shot had been parried before substitute Denny Escorcio rifled in at the back post to make it 3-2.
But the drama was far from over. Cogenhoe levelled with 20 minutes to go and then claimed maximum points from a needlessly conceded corner 10 minutes later as goalkeeper Nick Conroy was beaten for a fourth time during a miserable return to Star.
Weston added: “It looked like we had got ourselves out of jail in the second half but we quickly put ourselves back in trouble when we should have seen the game out.”
Admittedly Star weren’t helped by the loss of influential midfielders Liam Hook and Adam Weston to injuries early in the second half.
Both those players are now major doubts for a Tuesday night date against Deeping. Rangers warmed up for that derby showdown by claiming victory in another one at Yaxley.
They did trail to an Ondre Odain goal but recovered to win 4-1 as Alex Beck stole the show with a hat-trick. Defender Simon Ashton hit the other goal.