First league loss of season for Codicote

PUBLISHED: 16:43 29 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:43 29 October 2013

Ray Ancliff battles for Codicote

Ray Ancliff battles for Codicote


What can only be described as a very disappointing performance saw Codicote lose their undefeated SSML Division One record.

Liam Errington’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Gosling Stadium to Southall on Saturday.

An abject first 45 minutes saw the home side go 1-0 down after the back four were caught square after a long ball allowed Southall striker Jayraj Jadeja to push the ball past the advancing Jordan Gibson only to see the ball that looked to be going wide take a horrible bounce to cannon in off the post.

But whilst Codicote dominated much of the possession, they didn’t have the movement to open up the visitors’ defence.

While they kept Southall at bay Codicote’s attacking options looked to be limited.

The second half saw a much brighter display from the home side as they mounted more pressure on the visitors’ goal.

However, with no cutting edge, player-manager Errington was forced into an early substitutions, bringing on Adam Furness and then later on Leon Gutzmore.

With the hosts pressing the inevitably breakaway goal was on the cards and so on 55 minutes Codicote were caught cold as the pacey Jadeja rounded Codicote’s defence to give his side a two-goal lead.

Things did not get any better for the Cod when only minutes later an awkward back pass saw Codicote keeper Gibson miscue his clearance straight to the Southall’s Josh Brown to simply sidefoot the ball into the net.

With four forwards on the park Codicote should have made more of their possession, their first attempt on target for an hour saw Ray Ancliff’s header easily handled by the Southall keeper.

The home side, even though 3-0 down, continued to maintain the upper hand and when Errington floated a corner over, Gutzmore rose above everyone to head the ball home to give the home side a glimmer of hope.

But no matter how they dominated in possession they continued to toil in front of goal with no reward.

With 15 minutes to go Codicote’s fate was sealed when an excellent shout for a penalty saw Joe Tyler have his feet taken from under him only for the official wave play on, this was just not their day.

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