Gallery: Codicote continue climb up table
PUBLISHED: 15:24 25 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Codicote 2 Sandridge Rovers 1 CODICOTE picked up another three points on Saturday with a 2-1 home win against Sandridge Rovers. Dan Kennoy s men have now claimed 10 points out of a possible 12 in recent weeks
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Codicote 2 Sandridge Rovers 1
CODICOTE picked up another three points on Saturday with a 2-1 home win against Sandridge Rovers.
Dan Kennoy's men have now claimed 10 points out of a possible 12 in recent weeks.
That run has seen the Bury Lane side not only distance themselves from the foot of the Premier table but also close the gap on the top six teams at the summit of the Herts Senior County League.
Goals from Richard Griffiths and Carl Smith gave Codicote the win on Saturday, but Kennoy was impressed with his whole squad's reaction to last week's Aubrey Cup quarter-final defeat to Bovingdon.
"Defensively we've not been our best in recent weeks but we defended as a whole team today," said Kennoy afterwards.
"Sandridge play with three strikers, so to limit them to one goal from the penalty spot shows that we're getting better defensively."
Griffiths opened the scoring in the first half after latching onto a goalkeeping error.
True to form in recent weeks, the home side then conceded within minutes when Gareth Hopkins was adjudged to have fouled a Sandridge player in Codicote's penalty area.
The resulting penalty kick was converted and the game was tied 1-1 at the interval.
New signing Patrick Alcide made his debut for Codicote after coming on at half-time for the injured Ian MacDonald.
He offered the Codicote back line some experience and composure.
But it was another debutant, Liam Castle, who was standing out for the village-based club in defence.
"Liam was outstanding," said Codicote manager Kennoy.
"He's played one game for the reserves and was on the bench last week for the first team. Yet he came in today and commanded the defence.
"Ashley Daniels was another that stood out in defence. You would not have guessed he was playing out of position, but I think on that performance he can make the position his own."
With the game reaching the 70th minute, Codicote were then awarded a penalty themselves.
Mark Anderson skipped past the Sandridge left back, who then fouled the Codicote player, leaving the referee no choice but to point to the spot.
Smith stepped up and smashed the ball to the keeper's left.
Home keeper Dan Stephenson managed a fantastic one-handed save late on to secure the win for Codicote, who moved up two places in the league to ninth.
With a game in hand on their next opponents, Park Street Village FC, who lie fourth, a win this Saturday could see the gap between the two sides closed to just three points.
"The league is very tight this year and a top six finish has to be our goal," said Kennoy.
"I'm building a side that can be a top four side next season.
"I see today's opponents and the likes of Park Street, who we have this week, as tests this season to prove we are heading in the right direction.