Gallery: Codicote slip to back-to-back defeats

PUBLISHED: 15:28 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:55 26 October 2009

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AFTER extending their run to one loss in 10 games with a 3-1 win against fourth-placed Hertford Heath, Codicote slipped to two league defeats in the space of just four days. They went down 2-0 to third-placed Standon & Puckeridge and also lost 5-3 to Prem

AFTER extending their run to one loss in 10 games with a 3-1 win against fourth-placed Hertford Heath, Codicote slipped to two league defeats in the space of just four days.

They went down 2-0 to third-placed Standon & Puckeridge and also lost 5-3 to Premier Division champions-elect Hatfield Town on Tuesday night.

Last Saturday's defeat away to Standon disappointed manager Dan Kennoy after his side enjoyed most of the second half in their opposition's penalty area.

"We certainly lost this game because of our first-half performance," said Kennoy.

"We went in a goal down and I told the boys exactly what I thought about their performance."

Although Codicote's efforts doubled in the second half, they could not break down the Standon defence, especially the home side's in-form goalkeeper.

Standon managed to catch Codicote on the break midway through the half and extended their lead to 2-0.

"It's a disappointing result for us because we need to finish in the top half of the table so we qualify for the FA Vase next season.

"The committee have worked hard to arrange a ground-share agreement with Hitchin Town so we can enter competitions like the Vase.

"We now need four or more points from our remaining two games against Whitewebbs and Met Police Bushey."

Following Tuesday night's disappointing home defeat against high-flying Hatfield, Codicote's hopes of achieving a crucial top eight finish now rest on this Saturday's penultimate game of the season against last season's champions Whitewebbs.

A bumper crowd and warm evening set the scene for the local derby against Town with both teams battling for the three points.

It was Town who took the early initiative, and early lead, as skipper Gary Coley bundled home a cross from the Hatfield left flank inside the first two minutes.

Hatfield quickly settled into their stride, netting a second before half-time through Jason Beck as Codicote struggled to match the pace and movement of the visitors.

At 2-0 down, it was looking a long way back for the hosts.

Codicote hitman Griffiths gave the Hatfield backline something to think about and his hassling and hurrying caused some unrest for the Town rearguard.

To Codicote's credit, they battled their way back into the game through winger Mark Anderson.

With the defence looking more solid, and Sneddon and Tony Wells competing valiantly in midfield, a comeback looked a distinct possibility.

However, a slip in defence just after half-time handed Hatfield their third goal and restored their two-goal advantage.

The remainder of the game was an open affair with both sides looking to go forward and add to their tallies.

Goals from Griffiths for Codicote and Hatfield's Beck, who finished with four to his name, were forthcoming as the teams exchanged blows.

The pick of the game's goals was scored late on by Codicote midfielder John Sneddon.

He picked up the ball on the left edge of the opposition box, beat a man and crashed the ball into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

A final score of 5-3 to the visitors reflected the attacking instincts of both sides and went a long way to deciding the destination of the league title.

Kennoy said: "I knew after Hatfield's win against Met Police it was going to be a big ask to get something from this game.

"Our last fixture against Hatfield was my third game at the helm and we lost 5-0.

"So in terms of a result, it's an improvement. We at least made them work for three points tonight."

Assistant John Albon went on to add: "Hatfield have been the best side we have seen here this season and we must set ourselves the target for next season of emulating their level of performance and consistency."

Codicote now go into the last two games of the season knowing that a win tomorrow (Saturday) and at least a draw in their final league game will see them in the FA Vase next season.

Codicote face Whitewebbs at the Memorial Ground on Saturday, 3pm kick-off, before closing the season at home to title-chasers Met Police on Thursday evening, 6.30pm start.


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