Gallery: Codicote hit five to thrash Knebworth
PUBLISHED: 18:13 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:58 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Knebworth 0 Codicote 5 CODICOTE bounced back from last week s disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Met Police with a convincing 5-0 win against local rivals Knebworth on Saturday. Goals from Ricky Bridge, Richard
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Knebworth 0 Codicote 5
CODICOTE bounced back from last week's disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Met Police with a convincing 5-0 win against local rivals Knebworth on Saturday.
Goals from Ricky Bridge, Richard Griffiths, Tony Wells, Pete Duffy and Mark Anderson secured the visitors the Herts Senior County League points at Knebworth Recreation Ground.
The emphatic victory lifted Dan Kennoy's men back up to second in the Premier Division table above Metropolitan Police Bushey - the side they lost to a week earlier.
Manager Kennoy was missing several key players for the derby game against the K's, with Alex Fraser out injured and Adam Scanlon still on the sidelines and expected to be out for another week.
The Codicote boss was also without Michael Cox, who returned to Hitchin Town for their home game against Oxford, and Dan Dorans, who was back with Dunstable Town.
With injuries and unavailability crippling his squad, Kennoy named only himself and the returning Mark Anderson on the bench.
On a plus note, Bruce Bass returned at full-back and Richard Ashie filled the void left by Cox at centre back.
Despite their stretched resources, it took the visitors only four minutes to break the deadlock at Watton Road.
Griffiths flicked into the path of Duffy, who was bundled over inside the penalty area. Captain Wells stepped up and confidently found the back of the net.
With scoring so early on in the game, Codicote showed signs of indiscipline and threw caution to the wind defensively.
Opportunities were wasted with long- range efforts and with the scoreline still at only 1-0, the home side nearly broke the offside trap on several occasions.
It was from another set-piece that Codicote increased their lead.
Skipper Wells delivered a corner towards the back post that found Bridge to volley home from close range for 2-0.
Codicote made it 3-0 on the stroke of half-time.
Guiseppe D'Angelo was this time brought down on the edge to the penalty area.
Duffy stepped up to take the resulting direct free-kick and rifled home from 20 yards, giving Codicote a comfortable lead at the break.
Kennoy surprisingly was unhappy with his team's performance in the first half.
"I gave the lads a bit of talking too during the interval," he said.
"Although we were three goals up they were all scored from set-pieces.
"We should be causing teams at the bottom of the league more problems than just from set-pieces.
"Scoring so early on in the game didn't help. I think some players presumed it was going to be a goal-fest instead of keeping the ball and playing with some patience, instead of taking shots from 30 to 40 yards."
The second-half performance was much more controlled from Codicote.
They increased their lead by two additional goals scored from open play.
Both sub Anderson, who replaced Duffy, and Griffiths took opportunities after some good patient football.
Knebworth could have reduced the deficit in the 80th minute when Bass was adjudged to have fouled a K's striker inside the penalty area.
Bradley Watt stepped up to take the penalty, only for Codicote keeper Dan Stephenson to parry away for a corner.