Codicote defy the rain to beat Chesham Utd Reserves

PUBLISHED: 12:24 13 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:24 13 November 2014

Sam Stephenson for Codicote

Sam Stephenson for Codicote


Codicote rounded off a good week with a convincing win against Chesham Utd Reserves, with Sam Stephenson grabbing a second hat-trick of the season.

But while the striker was the star man for Codicote during the match, chairman Jim Bundy also did his part at the break when he got his hands dirty by sweeping away standing water to ensure that the match would continue in the second half.

In heavy rain Chesham’s normally free-flowing football was put to one side as they pumped the ball long downfield.

Codicote’s high line allowed their goalkeeper, Billy Barnes, to seemingly pre-empt the act of his chairman at the break by acting as a sweeper himself for much of the first half.

The visitors, with Ray Ancliff, Danny Payne and Liam Errington in midfield, looked the more likely to opening the scoring as their slick passing on the wet surface looked the better option, and with 30 minutes gone they got their goal.

A neat ball into the feet of Stephenson saw the player upended as he went to pull the trigger, and he dusted himself down to fire home from the penalty spot.

Because of the heavy rain the second half had to be delayed as Bundy got to work in the Chesham goalmouth in the hope that play would continue, especially with his side in dominate form.

Within minutes of the restart both the chairman and his team had their reward as two quick goals saw them stretch their lead.

First Stephenson grabbed his second as Joel Mason cut the ball back for him to slide in, and then a delightful through ball saw Joel Mason beat the keeper to the ball the visitors were practically home and dry.

Yet Codicote sat off and allowed Chesham far too much possession, and when they failed to close down the home side’s captain he thundered the ball in from outside the area.

But before Chesham could contemplate a comeback Codicote scored two more.

Stephenson completed his hat-trick with a wonderful goal; having beaten the defender he was forced wide by the goalkeeper only to twist on to his left foot and float the ball inside the far post.

Codicote then notched their fifth when neat build up play allowed Ancliff release full-back Charlie Marshall whose first time drive beat the keeper at the near post.

There was still time for Chesham to then get themselves a second goal.

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