Smeaton grabs brace but Codicote beaten at Winslow United

PUBLISHED: 21:52 07 April 2016 | UPDATED: 21:58 07 April 2016

Phil Smeaton clears

Phil Smeaton clears

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Phil Smeaton’s double could not ensure Codicote’s five-game unbeaten run remained intact at their struggling Buckinghamshire hosts on Saturday.

The visitors found themselves 2-0 down at the break following Ellis Hercules’ powerful brace and they never recovered despite two Smeaton curlers halving the deficit twice as Charlie Flanagan’s audacious effort sealed a vital three points for Winslow.

In the 10th minute, the visitors went behind.

A simple throw to Mark Bryant was mis-controlled and his recovery tackle saw the official give Winslow the free-kick.

With Codicote still not settled into a pattern the far post ball caught their defence static and Hercules powered the ball home.

Flanagan should have made it two soon after, beating the offside trap, but Cod custodian Josh Mason thwarted the front man three times in quick succession to keep his side in touching distance.

They may have survived that let-off but Hercules showed his strength again five minutes before the break to make it 2-0.

The ball found him 20 yards from goal and he lashed it past Mason.

The away side began the second half with a flourish and within minutes they had pulled a goal back.

Full-back Michael Ettienne and Jimmy Davis combined down the left flank before supplying the returning Smeaton who twisted away from his man and curled beyond the home keeper.

Codicote’s youthful side roared on with Sean MBoto and Reggie Ross all having half chances that were dealt with by United.

But with youth sometimes comes vulnerability and the home team’s desire to get the ball back saw a sloppy challenge to concede a free-kick that would end the contest.

From practically the corner flag, Flanagan somehow managed to swing the ball into the top corner.

Undeterred Cod battled on but with two penalty shouts ignored, their time and luck was running out.

With the game into added-time Codicote grabbed a excellent second.

This time the assistant helped out the away side, handing them a free-kick, which Smeaton curled into the top corner but it was too little too late.


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