Leeroy Williams hat-trick ensures happy homecoming for Codicote

PUBLISHED: 15:00 19 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:44 19 September 2016

Reggie Ross skips past a defender.

Reggie Ross skips past a defender.

Danny Loo Photography 2016

Leeroy Williams netted a hat-trick to hand Codicote a happy homecoming at John Clements Sports & Community Centre on Saturday.

Having played away from the village for six years, this Broadfields triumph was to be the first Step Six league game played in Codicote in the club’s 103-year history.

With home expectations high, Codicote were to falter in the first half.

Within two minutes Broadfields’ neat passing sliced open the home side’s defence and Rex Kimona and he coolly rounded advancing Codicote custodian Andrew McEwan to slide the ball home.

Codicote were off the pace, giving the visitors far too much time on the ball and the West London side came close again soon after when Paul Somers’ fierce shot was turned away by McEwan.

The hosts were taking time to settle into their new surroundings but on 15 minutes Charlie Thake took full advantage of some hesitant Broadfields defending but could only fire into the side netting.

Broadfields probably should have added a second on the stroke of half-time when Anderson Richards waltzed through Cod’s defence but blasted over with the goal gaping.

With the strong wind now in their favour Codicote went on the offensive and two minutes into the second period they were level.

Williams burst through Broadfields’ defence and shot decisively past the keeper.

The home side were fired up and Nathan Dyos had to tip over a deflected shot within seconds of conceding the equaliser.

Codicote were looking to press their advantage and on 51 minutes they had turned the game around.

Williams turned in a neat flick from Reggie Ross’ near-post corner.

A more aggressive Codicote were stopping Broadfields slipping into their passing game and on 76 minute a lovely through-ball from Craig Cawcutt found Williams and he slipped the ball neatly past Dyos to complete his hat-trick.

With 10 minutes remaining Williams again outstripped the visitors and he was hacked down with only the keeper to beat.

Somehow the official saw the offence outside the box but justice was served as Ross curled the ball low into the corner for a fourth.

Codicote are back in action on Saturday as they host Hoddesdon Town in the League Challenge Trophy.

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