Nutt nets and McEwan saves penalty in Codicote draw
PUBLISHED: 11:37 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:43 20 February 2017
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Forward Jarvis Nutt scored on his Codicote debut and keeper Andrew McEwan saved a penalty in a 1-1 draw at Risborough Rangers on Saturday.
Nutt and Nathan Studholme both made their first starts for the villagers in the SSML Division One clash.
The game started with a very organised Risborough side looking for their big man and a game plan of switching the ball early.
They had some early success, but without really troubling Codicote McEwan.
The villagers soon settled into game and had the best chance of the opening encounters when Reggie Ross’ cross was headed at the keeper by Nutt.
Nutt then turned provider on a counter-attack as he found Ross but his first touch pushed him wide and his eventual cross was cleared.
Codicote were defending well as Risborough attacked down the slope while James Taylor looked to protect the back four and the influential Bobby Dance looked to keep things simple and release Studholme and Ross.
With 30 minutes on the clock Nutt served up his first goal for the club when once again Codicote attacked down the flanks and Nutt stole the ball off the defender rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home.
The home side were becoming frustrated with events as Codicote looked to have the upper hand in attack.
But as the half ended Risborough breached Codicote’s back line, but the superb shot was flagged for offside.
The second half saw Codicote start slowly giving the upper hand to the home side, but with Dance in an advanced position Codicote were looking to support Nutt.
In defence Jake Hoy and Dean Sadler were keeping the home side at arm’s length, but on 60 minutes McEwan was called upon to save his defence as a near post corner saw the official point to the spot after a Salder challenge.
But McEwan dived down to his left to keep Codicote in front.
The visitors were starting to stretch the game as Studholme and Ross where the outlet and when Dance was fouled the Villager’s free- kick slammed into the Risborough wall and as Codicote redelivered the ball this time Risborough custodian was first to the ball.
With time running out Risborough threw on two attacking substitutes while Codicote replaced Dan Harper with Michael Ettienne and Taylor with Craig Cawcutt and it was Cawcutt who’s ability on the ball gave Codicote more control.
It was going to take something special to open up the Codicote back line and Risbrough had that in their locker when their wide man cut inside and volleyed the ball from 20 yards into the back of the net to earn a share of the spoils for his side.