Codicote bow out of the FA Cup

PUBLISHED: 12:45 20 August 2015 | UPDATED: 12:45 20 August 2015

Joint manager Keith Coughlin

Joint manager Keith Coughlin

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Despite a third successive defeat and exiting the world’s oldest cup competition at the very first hurdle, Codicote joint boss Keith Coughlin is not overly concerned by his team’s mediocre start to the season.

Spartan South Midlands League Division One losses against Crawley Green and Wodson Park, with Cod failing to score in either, were backed up by this unfortunate seaside reverse.

Luke Sharples’ late consolation, with Manor’s passage to the first qualifying round all but confirmed at 3-0, was the visitors’ main highlight but Coughlin is not panicking just yet.

Speaking to the WHT, the chief said: “We’re still quite confident despite the slow start.

“We have been guilty of not taking our chances in the first two games which is an issue but I feel with a bit more creativity and ruthlessness in the final third we can hit the level we want to.”

Again Cod can be accused of wasting opportunities in this cup clash.

Sam Stephenson should have put the away side 1-0 up inside the first 15 minutes, but his close-range effort flashed over the bar.

That was the let-off Southend needed and they burst up the other end with a lightning counter-attack, finished off by the cute touch of Mike Sammut.

The home side were on the front foot and their second goal just two minutes after the interval firmly took the wind out of Codicote’s sails through frontman Rhys Fatt.

The Villagers, who lost in a preliminary qualifying round replay at Ryman League North side Tilbury last season, had chances to start a major fightback but with finishing once more wayward, they were lost.

Fatt doubled his tally in the final quarter of the match to leave the home fans delirious at 3-0 before Sharples connected well with Stephenson’s free-kick to score Cod’s first goal of the competitive season.

Codicote faced second bottom Ampthill Town last night, also without a win in their opening two SSML Division One games, after the WHT had gone to press.


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