Four for Barker as Codicote defeat Winslow
PUBLISHED: 15:48 20 October 2016
Codicote striker Alfie Barker hit four goals as his side finally converted a performance into points on Tuesday with a 5-1 SSML Division One win over Winslow United.
With skipper James Taylor absent, experienced player Ricky Case filled in a central defence while Adel Mudimu and Joel Mason returned to the squad after Saturday’s 4-1 home loss to Biggleswade FC.
Both sides started at a pace and while the visitors Winslow looked for the long ball over the top, Codicote tried to find the gaps between the full backs and Winslow’s central defenders to exploit the pace of Leeroy Williams and Barker.
Within minutes Mason drove the ball into the feet of Williams who outstripped the back four, but just couldn’t get that vital strike to finish off the following move.
These two even based sides were trading punches, but when Codicote full back Dan Harper delivered a 30 yard cross field pass to the feet of Sean Mboto the Codicote man cut inside the full back and planted the ball into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Codicote were looking to press their advantage and both Mason and Williams came close before Barker collected the ball and volleyed home from 12 yards into the top corner.
Winslow weren’t giving up the fight to get back into the game and looked to stretch the home side and on the stroke of half-time had a guilt edge chance to grab a goal back but somehow managed to only find Codicote’s keeper Andrew McEwan.
The second half started with Winslow pressing, Case and Dean Sadler looked more than capable but were defending deep allowing the visitors far too much time.
In attack Williams and Barker had the fire power missing from recent weeks.
Codicote were slowly getting into the second half and soon struck a third when Craig Cawcut delivered the ball into the box for Barker to latch onto the loose ball and thunder the ball into the bottom corner.
But still Winslow thought there was a chance to get something out of the game and when Codicote failed to press the edge of the box the visitors pulled back a goal.
Codicote tried to take the pace out of the game, but over playing at times caused problems and when a super strike from the Winslow striker was finger tipped over by McEwan the home side knew they had to up their game.
Williams was replaced by Callum Mason and Sam Reyner replaced Mudimu giving the side fresh legs.
Both players were soon on hand to deliver Codicote’s fourth and Barker’s hat-trick as the striker tucked away a flowing team goal.
Codicote were now playing with confidence and with six minutes to go Barker wrapped up his fourth and Codicote’s fifth when once again Mason was on hand to set up him up for another clinical finish.