Codicote complete victory hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 16:58 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Buntingford Town 2 Codicote 3 CODICOTE completed a hat-trick of victories over Buntingford Town this season with a 3-2 win on Saturday. This latest win followed previous victories at the John Clements Memori

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Buntingford Town 2 Codicote 3

CODICOTE completed a hat-trick of victories over Buntingford Town this season with a 3-2 win on Saturday.

This latest win followed previous victories at the John Clements Memorial Ground in the reverse Premier Division fixture and in the Aubrey Cup.

Buntingford, like Codicote, have had recent management changes and both clubs have had difficult fixtures during the period of unrest.

Both newly appointed managers, Dan Kennoy and his Buntingford counterpart Luke Capon, find themselves as two of the youngest managers in the league.

It was Codicote boss Kennoy who claimed first blood in what will no doubt develop into a fierce rivalry between the two over the coming seasons.

A weakened Codicote side travelled to The Bury with Ashley Daniels, Glen Jones, Stuart Gilroy, Gareth Hopkins, Grant MacAree, James Gurr and Kevin Campbell all unavailable.

Kennoy drafted in Stefan Saywell and Errol Reyner from the reserves, as well as late signing Adam Carver, who has joined from Edgware Town.

With such a change in personnel, it was no surprise Codicote took a while to get into the game.

The away side managed to withstand some early pressure from Buntingford.

The visitors took the lead when a quickly taken throw found ex-Buntingford player Carl Smith.

After controlling the throw on the edge of the box, he skipped past the Buntingford defence and smashed the ball into the far corner.

Codicote then created several more chances with Saywell terrorising the home side's back four.

Saywell's hard work created Codicote's second goal of the half.

Mark Anderson reacted first at the back post and coolly beat the keeper at the near post.

Within 10 minutes of the restart, Codicote extended their lead when another quick throw created a chance that again found Anderson sniffing around the box and he tapped in from close range.

Buntingford started to show their frustration with the officials and striker Gary Christie went over the top in the referee's eyes and was duly shown a red card.

So 3-0 up and against 10 men, Kennoy was already recalculating the league table with the three points in the bag.

However, he hadn't told Buntingford substitute Phil Fisher that.

On after Christie's red card, Fisher collected the ball 35 yards from goal, skipped past two defenders and neatly finished.

With Buntingford pegging a goal back, Kennoy took off the impressive Saywell and came on himself to sure up the midfield with 15 minutes remaining.

With only injury time on the clock, Fisher managed to nick another goal but it was too little, too late for Buntingford.

Kennoy was elated that his side had managed to pick up yet another three points against a team sitting fourth in the table.

He said: "To pick up six points this season against a side that consistently competes at the top end of the table year in year out is fantastic.

"We need to apply this attitude to every league game and not pick and choose when we want to put in a performance."

Kennoy added: "Stefan had a great game and he deserved a goal.

"We're gutted as a club that we now lose him, as he is moving away. We wish him well.

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