Ross opens Codicote account in triumph at strugglers
PUBLISHED: 16:24 18 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:39 19 April 2016
Reggie Ross netted his first Codicote goal as the visitors ended their three-game league losing streak at relegation-threated Brimsdown on Thursday.
The midfielder, who joined from rivals WGC, opened the scoring with a cheeky chip before the hosts responded 10 minutes before the break.
Cod were to go ahead once more on the stroke of half-time through Joel Mason and that was how it stayed.
Brimsdown are an improving side and from the off they played some flowing football but without troubling Codicote’s custodian and they were made to pay in the 15th minute.
Sam Stephenson eventually found Ross with a Hollywood pass and he raced clear of the home side’s defence to neatly chip the advancing keeper from 12 yards.
Codicote were combining well and with Brimsdown having more possession it was a real test of the visitors’ organisation.
In the 35th minute, Brimsdown hit back.
A short corner between Ross and Stephenson saw neither player deliver the ball into the packed penalty area but instead allow Brimsdown to steal the ball and race at full-backs Phil Smeaton and Aiden Chavez before passing the ball past the Codicote keeper for 1-1.
But the away side weren’t finished in the first half and with the pressure mounting in the closing seconds, Stephenson sent Mason away and the experienced player muscled past his defender, dropped the shoulder and sidefooted the ball into an empty net.
The second half once again saw some good football by both sides.
Mason looked as though he had grabbed a second when his well-struck shot was superbly saved by the Brimsdown keeper before a low drive was tipped around the post.
The hosts were now pushing harder and more than once Codicote were made to scramble the ball clear of danger.
Substitutes Sean Mboto and Sam Dunn both sent good balls into the feet of Mason and Stephenson but they couldn’t stretch Codicote’s lead to ease the nerves.
Time was running out for the home side but they gave it everything. However, Codicote were able to see out time with some possession football in the dying minutes.
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