Cod still looking for first goal of new campaign after second loss

PUBLISHED: 11:32 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 13:26 13 August 2015

Jahmell Mullings in action

Jahmell Mullings in action

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Codicote have now lost their opening two Spartan South Midlands League Divsion One games without scoring a goal after falling 2-0 at Wodson Park last night (Wednesday).

Wodson were also beaten in their first game of the campaign, 2-1 at Chesham United Reserves, but they bounced back with goals from Harry Bushell and Ollie Babbage to down the struggling visitors.

Licking their wounds after a 1-0 home defeat to Luton-based side Crawley Green on Saturday, Cod were unlucky not to take something from a game that could have gone either way.

The opening exchanges should of seen Codicote ahead. Sam Stephenson’s in-swinging corner forced Wodson to scramble the ball off the line only for Stephenson to deliver once more but James Taylor’s header flew over the bar from inches out.

The away side’s determination to walk the ball into the net rather than shoot saw them waste some good opportunities while Wodson’s counter-attacking style had Cod’s defence at full stretch.

Park had a few chances of their own but were further helped when a wayward clearance from Andy Carter saw Wodson break down Codicote’s left, and before Taylor could get across, Bushell slid the ball past keeper Andrew McEwan.

Coughlin and Young threw young Nick Ryall in defence. But once again the visitors hadn’t got their scoring boots on with chance after chance going begging. James Doherty and Luke Sharples both missed chances to find an equaliser and in the end Cod paid the price, when Wodson broke free in numbers and Ollie Babbage finished well.

Codicote then threw caution to the wind with Kieran Mithan’s lively wing play replacing Sharples but Wodson stood firm to collect all three points.

Keith Coughlin and Steve Young’s side head into this Saturday’s FA Cup extra-preliminary qualifying round clash at Essex Senior League outfit Southend Manor hoping for an upturn in fortune.


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