Slideshow: Codicote held by Knebworth's nine men
PUBLISHED: 09:56 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:11 26 October 2009
Herts Senior County League Premier Division Knebworth 1 Codicote 1 CODICOTE failed to capitalise on village neighbours Knebworth having two players sent off in what was a heated local derby on Saturday. The K s were reduced to nine men in a fiery first
Herts Senior County League Premier Division
Knebworth 1 Codicote 1
CODICOTE failed to capitalise on village neighbours Knebworth having two players sent off in what was a heated local derby on Saturday.
The K's were reduced to nine men in a fiery first half at the Recreation Ground after two reckless challenges.
Matt Grima was the first to see red after denying Codicote wide man Mark Anderson a goal-scoring opportunity.
Just 10 minutes later, Sean Lamacraft lunged into a two-footed challenge on Codicote's other wide player, Carl Smith, resulting in yet another easy decision for the referee.
The visitors dominated the remainder of the first half with Russell Bull, Errol Reyner and Anderson all having opportunities to give Codicote the lead.
Knebworth's defence held strong and managed to keep the game all square at the break.
After adopting a 3-3-2 formation for the start of the second half due to the two dismissals, it was surprisingly the home side that looked the more likely to score.
Player-manager Dan Kennoy refused to push the panic button and the defensive unit withstood Knebworth's early pressure, Codicote keeper Dan Stephenson producing one fine save.
Codicote finally took advantage of their extra two players after 60 minutes.
Smith cut in from the left and produced a thunderbolt into the top corner that gave Knebworth goalkeeper Craig Errington no chance.
With a goal advantage and playing against just nine men, the Bury Lane side must have now thought the floodgates would open.
Knebworth, however, had other ideas. The K's work rate and togetherness had to be commended and they were rewarded with an equaliser on 70 minutes.
Adam Lamacraft beat two defenders and the ball was scrambled over the line.
Codicote continued to dominate the possession but their attacking play in the final third left a lot to be desired.
Goalscorer Smith was replaced by Tommy Kiernan, who had several chances to give Codicote the lead but to no avail.
Kennoy was disappointed at the derby draw afterwards.
He said: "At the moment it feels like a loss because we failed to take advantage against their nine men. It is definitely two points dropped."
Later on reflection, Kennoy added: "Although disappointed at not picking up maximum points on Saturday, we have still only been beaten once in the last seven league games.
"We're not going to dwell on dropping two points but be thankful for a point on what was a bad day at the office."
Codicote's next fixture is at home on Easter Monday against Hertford Heath, 1pm kick-off.
Heath, who held promotion hopefuls Hatfield Town to a goalless draw last Saturday, sit just above Codicote in the league table.
Three points for the Bury Lane club is vital if they are to break into the top half of Premier Division table.