First-half blitz sees Codicote record third straight SSML Division One success
PUBLISHED: 15:57 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:57 15 November 2016
Alfie Barker added another two goals to his bristling tally as Codicote's first-half blitz was enough to see off a young Buckingham Athletic side at John Clements Sports & Community Centre.
The forward, who began the season at Langford before moving south to Cod, scored his 13th and 14th goals in just nine games to help the hosts to a third straight league win.
Within minutes of the start Codicote looked to have unlocked the visitors’ defence when Leeroy Williams shrugged off a defender but his first-time shot was easily collected by the keeper.
James Millard and Abel Mudimu were running things in central midfield and when the former and Sean Mboto combined, the cross saw Williams challenge for the ball but his header was blocked by the defender, only for it to fall back neatly for the striker to poke home.
Codicote were now well on top and it wasn’t long before number two arrived.
Once again the full-backs were released by Millard and Sam Reyner’s cross saw Williams flick the ball to the back post where Marc Arnott’s first-time left-foot volley thundered past the helpless keeper.
The home side were looking to put the visitors to the sword, moving the ball freely but they were matched by the good football being played by Buckingham.
With 20 minutes gone, and the home side being kept on their toes, Codicote’s custodian Andrew McEwan was required to make a fine stop.
Codicote were looking to put some distance between themselves and Buckingham so when Arnott swung in another corner, the ball cannoned off the defender to find the static Barker whose drive crashed into the net.
Codicote were now well on top and within minutes Barker had made it four.
As the home side pressed Williams looked to break free of the defender only to be brought down on the edge of the box.
Barker, who had only just taken over free-kick duties, found the bottom corner, past both wall and keeper, to notch his second.
The second half should have seen Codicote stretch their lead but they didn’t have the intensity of the first 45 minutes.
Codicote brought on Reggie Ross and Jake Hoy to the delight of the home supporters and the latter initially settled in central midfield, twice having half chances to crown his comeback.
To their credit Buckingham kept working the ball well but didn’t have the cutting edge of the hosts.
Cod host Wodson Park in the league this Saturday.