Injury-time heartache for Codicote

PUBLISHED: 17:20 12 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Evergreen 3 Codicote 3 CODICOTE suffered injury-time heartache on Saturday in their Premier Division fixture at Evergreen. Hosts Evergreen managed to steal a Herts County League point from their visitors in

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Evergreen 3 Codicote 3

CODICOTE suffered injury-time heartache on Saturday in their Premier Division fixture at Evergreen.

Hosts Evergreen managed to steal a Herts County League point from their visitors in an entertaining 3-3 draw with the last kick of the match.

Dan Kennoy's side got off to a flying start after just six minutes when debutant Russell Bull latched onto a poor back pass.

Bull managed to just beat the defender and goalkeeper to the ball and nudged it into an empty net.

The opening period of the game saw some of the best attacking play by the village-based side this season.

With Bull partnered by the returning Richard Griffiths from Stotfold, Kennoy's men now have a new dimension going forward.

Influential skipper Tony Wells was unavailable, as was the in-form John Sneddon, so Kennoy was forced to change things around and partnered Ashley Daniels with Sam Spencer in midfield.

The young pairing filled the centre of the park with bundles of energy, but it was their lack of discipline that gave Evergreen the opportunity to catch Codicote on the break.

After hitting the bar and forcing Dan Stephenson to pull off some incredible saves, Evergreen eventually got their equaliser in the 41st minute.

"I gave the lads a bit of a talking to at half-time," said Kennoy.

"After getting off to a great start, we took our foot off the pedal and were punished on the stroke of half-time."

Codicote had even more disappointment to contend with as within five minutes of the restart they found themselves a goal down.

Evergreen worked the ball down the right and floated in a cross to the back post that was nodded past Stephenson by a forward.

Having conceded, The Cod's performance improved. Kevin Campbell took control of the back four and Daniels held back to give Codicote some cover in midfield.

Daniels got his side back into the game by powering home a header from an inswinging Carl Smith corner.

The away side's confidence grew after pegging Evergreen back to 2-2 and Bull grabbed his second of the game with 15 minutes remaining to give the villagers the lead again.

A third successive 3-2 league win for Codicote was on the cards until the very last kick of the game.

A quickly taken throw was flicked on to an unmarked Evergreen man who coolly slotted the ball past Stephenson to grab a point for the Abbotts Langley-based side.

Afterwards Kennoy said: "It feels like we've lost two points rather than gaining a point today.

"It was cruel to say the least to concede with the last kick of the game. But we have to take the positives out of it.

"Russell has opened his goal-scoring account for the club with two on his debut.

"It was the first time he and Griffiths have played together and the early signs look good."

With key players to come back into the squad for this Saturday's Aubrey Cup quarter-final tie away to Bovingdon, Kennoy looks to be building a strong squad.

He said: "The new lads that have come in have settled into the side well. We now need the time to gel as a team.

"We'll use the remainder of the season to do just that, which will stand us in good stead for next season.

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