Gallery: Smith spot on with winning penalty
PUBLISHED: 18:39 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Codicote 2 Evergreen 1 STRIKER Errol Reyner and winger Carl Smith both netted as Codicote beat Evergreen 2-1 on Saturday. The village side have now lost just once in nine league matches as they aim to finish in
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Codicote 2 Evergreen 1
STRIKER Errol Reyner and winger Carl Smith both netted as Codicote beat Evergreen 2-1 on Saturday.
The village side have now lost just once in nine league matches as they aim to finish in the top half of the table.
With games coming thick and fast, a target of 40 plus points is needed for Dan Kennoy's team to claim a top eight place.
For the Evergreen fixture player-manager Kennoy named only one change from the 2-2 draw with Bovingdon.
Forward Russell Bull replaced the unavailable Richard Griffiths up front.
With only 20 minutes of the game gone the home side took the lead through Errol Reyner.
The striker managed to stick out a stretched leg onto a Mark Anderson cross.
He turned it into the net, giving the keeper no chance from close range.
A route one clearance from the travelling keeper managed to get Evergreen back into the game.
Defender Grant Macaree lost the flight of the ball in the sun.
The chasing striker took advantage to latch onto it and slot past the advancing Daniel Stephenson.
With such a lacklustre performance compared to four days before, Kennoy rallied his players during the break.
"I just said to the lads at half time that I cannot control their individual performances," he said.
"I just told them how we could win the game from a tactical point of view; the rest was up to them."
A hard-working second half showing warranted the win.
Smith and Anderson were a constant threat on the wings and gave Reyner and Bull several opportunities to give Codicote the lead.
It was Anderson's foot work that gave Codicote the breakthrough.
The winger skipped past the left back, only for him to lunge from behind, bringing down Anderson inside the box.
Smith placed the ball on the penalty spot before smashing the kick into the top corner to make it 2-1.
Codicote managed to snuff out any attacking threats Evergreen could muster for the remainder of the game.
However, Evergreen did have a penalty appeal of their own turned down five minutes from the end when John Snowdon challenged on the edge of the area.
Referee Hays was in a great position to wave away the appeals, much to Codicote's delight.
After the game Kennoy said: "It was another ugly performance but the task before kick-off was three points and that's exactly what we have.
"The last two games I've seen something that has been missing all season, and that's everybody's will to win over 90 minutes.
"I've seen it in patches, but this young team are starting to realise you need that will to win from start to finish. Not five minutes here and five minutes there."
Kennoy's target of a top half finish must see his side collect seven points from the remaining five games.
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