Draw dents Codicote's FA Vase hopes

PUBLISHED: 17:44 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

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Herts Senior County League Premier Division Whitewebbs 2 Codicote 2 CODICOTE S hopes of playing in the FA Vase for the first time next season took a dent as they conceded a late equaliser away at Whitewebbs on Saturday. The Bury Lane club s ambition o

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CODICOTE'S hopes of playing in the FA Vase for the first time next season took a dent as they conceded a late equaliser away at Whitewebbs on Saturday.

The Bury Lane club's ambition of competing in the national non-league competition is dependant on them finishing in the top eight of the Herts County League Premier Division.

After the weekend's draw, it leaves them needing a win against high-fliers Met Police Bushey on Thursday, as well one other result going in their favour.

The villagers went one down at Whitewebbs but managed to get themselves level before half-time.

A quickly taken free-kick by Carl Smith beat the unsuspecting keeper.

Protests by the home side about the goal were waved away by referee Clive Scott.

The second half saw Codicote dominate possession and pile pressure onto the Whitewebbs defence.

After striking the post and the crossbar, Codicote's frustration started to show and they nearly found themselves 2-1 down.

Whitewebbs' Michael Jarrett broke through and produced a good piece of goalkeeping from Dan Stephenson to deny the striker.

Codicote's breakthrough came from the penalty spot.

Winger Mark Anderson crossed but the ball was blocked inside the penalty area by a straying arm and referee Scott pointed to the spot.

Smith stepped up and confidently scored home his 14th goal of the season.

The strike put Dan Kennoy's side on course for the three points, which would help them to climb into the top half of the table.

However, Codicote's inability to see games out until the final whistle punished them again.

With four minutes remaining, the Codicote midfield lost possession which set up a Whitewebbs attack.

The Enfield side broke down the left and the attack ended up with a cross into the Codicote penalty area.

A weakly taken header somehow managed to squeeze through Stephenson's hands and gently roll over the line.

The final whistle followed shortly after with Codicote players looking dejected.

"Conceding in the dying embers of a game is always disappointing and it feels like a loss," said Kennoy after the defeat.

"We now have to go into our final game against Met Police needing a win, which makes things plain and simple.

"Ironically after today's (Saturday) result, we also conceded in the final minutes for them to snatch a draw from us earlier in the season, so we're capable of a result."

FA rules state that certain ground conditions need to be in place for a Step 7 club like Codicote to compete in the FA Vase.

With Codicote's ground improvements, including the installation of floodlights still at the planning stage, the football club have negotiated the use of Hitchin Town's Top Field for next season.

"The progress of this football club depends heavily on us finishing in the top eight this season," added Kennoy.

"To enter a competition like the FA Vase gives players at this level the opportunity to enter a national cup competition, as well as raising the profile of the football club.

"You only have to look at this season's competition, a Step 6 club have reached the final which will be played at Wembley," added Kennoy.


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