Codicote smash seven past Buntingford

PUBLISHED: 09:50 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

Codicote scorer Ashley Daniels

Codicote scorer Ashley Daniels

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Codicote 7 Buntingford Town 0 CODICOTE finally got back to winning ways last Saturday with a thumping 7-0 win against Buntingford Town. Having only picked up two league points since the start of November, Dan

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Codicote 7 Buntingford Town 0

CODICOTE finally got back to winning ways last Saturday with a thumping 7-0 win against Buntingford Town.

Having only picked up two league points since the start of November, Dan Kennoy's side were determined they were going to end 2008 with a win and put their title campaign back on track.

Having picked up three points against Buntingford earlier on in the season with a scrappy 5-4 away win, the home side were aware they were going to need to keep things tight if they were going to gain maximum points from the game.

The opening exchanges were end to end with both defences being tested.

The village side could have found themselves 1-0 down within 10 minutes when a Buntingford midfielder nodded home from a free-kick but Codicote were saved by the linesman's flag as he was ruled offside.

The title-chasers started to dominate the game and on the 34th minute they got a breakthrough.

A fantastic overlapping run from Adam Scanlon presented the full-back with his first goal of the season.

Minutes later Richard Griffiths was first to a knock down in the penalty area and the striker smashed the ball through a crowd of players giving the hosts a 2-0 lead.

And on the stroke of half-time the Cod took a three-goal lead when Ashley Daniels latched onto an Alex Fraser shot to rifle home.

Kennoy was delighted with his team's first-half performance.

"We've made a couple of changes to the starting line-up of late because we simply concede too many goals as a team," he said.

"With the attacking quality we have on the bench all I asked the lads to do is keep it tight so we don't end up chasing the game in the second half.

"With a 3-0 lead the boys gave me more than I asked for in 45 minutes."

With the emphasis on keeping a clean sheet, Kennoy sent out his players for the second half.

The home side picked up where they left off with returning skipper Tony Wells and Grant Macaree dominating the midfield.

With man of the match Bruce Bass, Dan Stephenson, Adam Scanlon, Luke Simkins and Richard Bridge refusing to surrender a single goal to Buntingford it was only a matter of time before the hosts increased their lead.

Griffiths was again the name on the scoresheet.

After forcing the visiting full-back into a mistake, the front-man swivelled and thundered a left-foot drive into the roof of the net.

With a 4-0 lead, Kennoy sent on his creative attacking players in Carl Smith and Pete Duffy but the Codicote gaffer was still bellowing from the dugout at his side to continue to keep a clean sheet.

On the 60th minute mark Wells flighted a perfect corner into the path of Macaree, who was rewarded with a well-taken goal for his tireless running in midfield.

Another of Codicote's engine room found themselves on the scoresheet minutes later.

Guiseppe D'Angelo drilled a low shot from the edge of the area that was simply too fierce for the visitors' keeper to put the home side into a 6-0 lead.

D'Angelo made way for the returning Ricky Pearce on 70 minutes.

The Derby-based player is back from university for the holidays and will be a welcome addition on Kennoy's squad ahead of some tough fixtures in January.

With a hat-trick in his sights, Griffiths continued to run himself into the ground.

The striker nearly had it on several occasions but had he showed more composure he could have walked off the pitch with five or six goals to his name.

The rout hadn't ended though and it was Ricky Pearce's run down the left that was picked out by Duffy for Pearce to drive low and hard into the back of the net completing the hammering.


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