Smith strikes to earn Codicote a point at Bovingdon

PUBLISHED: 12:29 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009

Steve Teale

Steve Teale

Herts Senior County League Premier Division Bovingdon 2 Codicote 2 CODICOTE remain unbeaten and top of the league after drawing 2-2 away at Bovingdon on Bank Holiday Monday. With four league games of the season played, the village side have claimed thr

Herts Senior County League Premier Division

Bovingdon 2 Codicote 2

CODICOTE remain unbeaten and top of the league after drawing 2-2 away at Bovingdon on Bank Holiday Monday.

With four league games of the season played, the village side have claimed three wins and a draw.
 
They are two points clear of second-placed London Lions at this early stage of the campaign.
 
The opening encounters against Bovingdon were very even.
 
The visitors dominated possession whilst the hosts' workmanlike approach threatened to break the deadlock.
 
Codicote manager Dan Kennoy had brought in Mark Anderson to replace Carl Smith to give his side extra width, whilst the rest of the starting 11 was the same that defeated Park Street Village on Saturday.
 
Bovingdon opened the scoring with 15 minutes gone.
 
An inswinging corner saw both keeper and defence rooted as Bovingdon's men gathered at the back post.
 
McMahon was on hand to bundle the ball over the line.
 
The next 30 minutes probably saw Codicote's best spell of the game as they pushed the home side with neat football played through the team.
 
Patrick Alcide got the ball rolling, whilst Giuseppe D'Angelo and Steve Teale combined on the left as the villagers started to create the chances their control deserved.
 
Firstly, Daryl Smith's determination and pace proved too much, but the young forward couldn't find the vital strike to beat the home keeper.

When Teale found himself at an acute angle on 25 minutes, his left-footed strike was too quick for the Bovingdon custodian and the visitors were on level terms.

Codicote continued to press with Teale and Anderson having efforts cleared, whilst the occasional corner, free-kick or counter-attack by the home side kept the visitors' defensive four on their toes.

The second half should have seen Codicote continue in the same vein, but whilst they dominated possession they became frustrated as the Bovingdon line held firm.

With 20 minutes gone the home side's luck, compounded by some simple errors by Codicote, allowed them to regain the lead.

An initial schoolboy foul-throw and then the inability to cut out a cross left Johnson free to head in at the far post.

Codicote now changed the formation in order to rescue the game.

Boss Kennoy introduced the exiting Pete Duffy and last season's top scorer Carl Smith.

He pushed three up front and soon the visitors' pressure counted.

Once again, Teale was on hand to fire towards goal.

The keeper looked to have Teale's shot covered but Smith's intelligent deflection saw the ball sail into the far corner.

Codicote were still determined to grab a winner and both Smiths, Daryl and Carl, had half chances but the visitors had to settle for a hard-fought away point.

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