Codicote crash out of cup

PUBLISHED: 17:26 19 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009

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Herts Senior County League Aubrey Cup Bovingdon 4 Codicote 3 CODICOTE crashed out of the Aubrey Cup quarter-finals to Bovingdon 4-3 on Saturday, despite leading with 10 minutes to play. With a place in the semis against Hatfield Town up for grabs, a ques

Herts Senior County League Aubrey Cup

Bovingdon 4 Codicote 3

CODICOTE crashed out of the Aubrey Cup quarter-finals to Bovingdon 4-3 on Saturday, despite leading with 10 minutes to play.

With a place in the semis against Hatfield Town up for grabs, a questionable refereeing decision and some poor defending cost Codicote a way through.

Things had started bright enough for the village side and they found the back of the net first.

Richard Griffiths gave Codicote the lead in the first half with a superb header from a Carl Smith corner.

The advantage was short-lived and within five minutes Bovingdon had equalised.

A cross from the left-hand side was met by Bovingdon's Askey to slide past keeper Dan Stephenson.

With the scores locked at 1-1, the semi-final spot could have swung in either club's direction after the break.

Minutes after the restart, Askey drew Stephenson off his line and knocked the ball delicately past him.

Recovering defender Kevin Campbell managed to stop the ball on the line, only for the defender to somehow nudge it over his own goalline.

With Bovingdon now 2-1 up, Codicote manager Dan Kennoy brought on Sam Spencer for John Sneddon and within 10 minutes the village-based side were back level.

Smith pulled the ball back from the left and Spencer was on hand to smash it home.

With 30 minutes remaining, Kennoy was again busy in his dug-out.

Errol Reyner made way for last week's two-goal front man Russell Bull.

The cup tie was heading for extra time with the game reaching the 79th minute all square.

Then some great work from Griffiths gave Bull his third goal for Codicote to put them 3-2 up.

Their fortunes soon changed and moments after going in front the scores were level again.

A pass through the Codicote defence landed to Bovingdon midfielder Lane.

He continued through on goal and equalised.

The linesman was quick to flag as Lane was offside and in an active position.

Referee Paul Brownsell refused his assistant's flag and awarded the goal. Later Brownsell claimed the pass through to Lane had taken a deflection.

With Codicote still at sixes and sevens after the referee's decision, Bovingdon managed to steal a place in the last four in the dying minutes, as Marks headed in from a corner.

After the game a deflated Kennoy said: "I feel for some of the lads in that dressing room.

"We've got a good mix of young and experienced lads coming together.

"For some of those youngsters they will take this taste of disappointment and drive themselves forward.

"I have to question those with the experience. To be leading twice in the final 10 minutes of not only today's game but last week's draw at Evergreen and walk away disappointed infuriates me."

Codicote are due to play at home to Sandridge Rovers in the league this Saturday.

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