Late penalty wins it for Codicote at Wodson Park
PUBLISHED: 16:09 17 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:09 17 October 2013
A controversial late penalty from Andy Carter sealed another three points for Codicote as they triumphed 3-2 away to Wodson Park last night (Wednesday).
Goals from Paul Garrett and Mark Bryant had put the away side 2-0 up before they were pegged back, only for the referee to award a generous spot-kick following a handball in the last 10 minutes.
Codicote welcomed captain Bryant back into the defence while Carter slotted in at left back.
The visitors’ neat passing had Wodson on the back foot from the outset and, having already struck the post, it didn’t take long for Cod to take the lead as Garrett picked the ball up 20 yards from goal before smashing a shot past the helpless goalkeeper.
The away side continued to dominate with Joel Mason and Kane Dougherty both going close before Cod did manage to extend their advantage.
The Wodson keeper failed to deal with a low Liam Errington free-kick leaving Bryant to help himself to a rare goal and leave the half-time score at 2-0.
The home side started the second half much the brighter, clearly determined to make a game of it, and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded.
Two missed challenged from Cod defenders allowed the Wodson player to reach the by-line before pulling the ball back to be neatly side-footed into the corner.
Minutes later and the scores were level as a misplaced cross rebounded off the crossbar, wrong-footing Billy Barnes in the Codicote goal, before being nodded home amidst a static Cod defence.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, a referee, who had already made a number of suspect decisions, took centre stage again as he awarded the visitors a penalty.
A long range effort was denied a route to goal by a Wodson arm, leading to half-hearted appeals from the Codicote players following earlier rejection for similar incidents.
The official had clearly seen this one differently though and pointed to spot.
Up stepped Carter to slide the ball home and leave the Wodson defenders perplexed.
The three points left Codicote fourth in SSML Division One, three points behind leaders WGC with three games in hand.
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