Player-boss Kennoy pays the penalty

PUBLISHED: 18:07 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:17 26 October 2009

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Codicote 2 Bovingdon 2 CODICOTE picked up a point against this season s bogey side Bovingdon last Tuesday night. However, the home side could have easily had all three had Lady Luck not been a member of the Bo

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Codicote 2 Bovingdon 2

CODICOTE picked up a point against this season's bogey side Bovingdon last Tuesday night.

However, the home side could have easily had all three had Lady Luck not been a member of the Bovingdon squad.

The village side were knocked out of the Aubrey Cup at the quarter-final stage by Bovingdon the last time the two sides met.

On that day Codicote boss Dan Kennoy believed his side had lost due to a poor refereeing decision.

This game must have felt like deja vu to him.

Taking a 2-0 half-time lead, the hosts looked like gaining revenge for their cup exit.

Codicote's work rate as a team and clinical finishes from Richard Griffiths and Carl Smith had got the Bury Lane club off to a great start.

At the break Kennoy simply told his players to show more of the same in the second period.

However, with only three minutes on the clock after the restart it was a refereeing decision that again haunted Codicote.

Player-manager Kennoy was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the box and a penalty was awarded.

Despite protests, the referee did not change his mind and the kick stood.

Codicote goalkeeper Daniel Stephenson did dive the right way but he couldn't stop the kick from going in.

Bovingdon could now sense getting something from the game and pressured the Codicote back line for the next half an hour.

With eight minutes left to play the visitors got their equaliser.

A defensive clearance from a corner found a Bovingdon player on the edge of the 18-yard box.

He hooked a shot goalwards which left Stephenson with no chance in the crowded penalty area.

Glen Jones came off the Codicote bench and almost gave his side the winner in the last second of the game, but his header was cleared off the line.

Kennoy praised his players after the encounter. He said: "We worked extremely hard and defended doggedly for the second half.

"The ref's decision at a crucial time of the game killed us."

The boss added: "It was good to have Griffiths back from injury and he's picked up where he left off with his name on the scoresheet.

"Grant Macaree also had a great game in the back four.


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