Codicote’s fine start to season continues

PUBLISHED: 16:21 21 August 2012 | UPDATED: 16:23 21 August 2012

John Chitondo netted on Saturday against Chesham United Reserves

John Chitondo netted on Saturday against Chesham United Reserves


CODICOTE’S fine start to their first ever season in the South Midlands Football League continued on Saturday with a comfortable 3-0 home victory against Chesham United Reserves.

The opening minute should have seen the home side awarded a penalty but instead the referee thought it too early and that a stern word with the young defender about man handling Ray Ancliff in the area was enough.

But Liam Errington’s outfit continued to look the more likely to score. Chesham tried to play out from the back but too many times a wayward pass found a Codicote man and the pressure started to mount.

Joe Tyler and new signing Giuseppe D’Angelo looked comfortable in midfield and when once again front man Adam Furness used his experience to hold off the central defender, his perfect lay back saw Alec Thomas thrash the ball left footed from 18 yards into the bottom corner.

It was no more than the home side deserved. Codicote continued to dominate in attack with Ancliff and D’Angelo seeing the lion’s share of the ball creating half chances for Furness and John Chitondo.

Once again Furness had the presence to create space for Chitondo but instead of hitting the ball first time the tireless striker took that extra touch that allowed time for the defender to recover.

At the other end skipper Ricky Bridge and Leon Gutzmore marshalled their troops to keep quiet anything Chesham had in attack, but on 15 minutes Codicote’s unlucky man Michael Ettienne pulled up and was replaced with Chitalu Chitondo at left back.

Codicote’s rhythm was not put off and when Ancliff squared the ball across the six-yard line only for the covering defender to stop the marauding D’Angelo sliding in for his first goal of the season.

The pressure was again starting to tell on the Chesham defence and on 28 minutes Furness and John Chitondo were given too much space as they combined to leave the latter the simplest of chances from a yard out.

The second half once again saw Codicote in attack; both Furness and Ancliff were allowed to cause problems.

Although Chesham pushed more men forward they could not get things together to trouble the Codicote back line.

Codicote then notched a third to put the game beyond the visitors, a well-worked corner saw Joe Tyler’s free header look to be sailing past the Chesham keeper Freddie Hester into the top corner only for the midfielder to see Codicote’s central defender Leon Gutzmore help the ball over the line leaving both players in deep discussion as to who claimed the goal.

The bench then made two significant substitutions, two more signings Kane Dougherty and John Vought replaced the front pair and both players looked to get on the score sheet in their first outing for the club.

Vought, who had previously played for Codicote, looked lively and his fresh legs on a very hot day proved too much for the Chesham defence while Dougherty made what looked like a perfect run to slide the ball into the net only to see the assistant’s flag raised.

Codicote finished the game as they had started in attack when Vought managed to cut inside only to see his goal bound shot deflect off target.

Assistant manager Jim Mullen said after the game: “It could have been a lot more, but another good display without being fantastic and I’m sure their will be sterner tests to come.

“But credit to Chesham; they are a youthful outfit finding their way in senior football and gaining experience all the time.

“But we dominated large portions of the game and controlled the tempo, which is expected with the squad we have assembled.”

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