Codnor Boys keep up their great start

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Codnor Boys u15s continued their 100 per cent start to the season with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Sandiacre Town in the U15 Challenge Trophy.

A test against higher league opposition was expected to be a tighter affair, but Codnor again showed their capacity to play effective but attractive football.

Chances were few and far between in the first half, as the defences cancelled each other out. Sandiacre had the better of the chances, with Hubbard turning a Hodges shot onto the crossbar, and saving well again minutes later from the same player to keep the scores level.

After the break, Codnor lifted their game, driven on by Wilmot in midfield, and the deadlock was broken after 42 minuts.

Wilmot found Webster, who crossed for James to squeeze in at the far post. On 65 minutes, they doubled their lead, Webster pulling down a chipped through ball, before driving in a half volley for his fifth of the season.

Sandiacre were still dangerous on the break, but Codnor’s defence stood firm. With only nine minutes remaining, James wasted a great chance to double his tally, but it didn’t affect him. Two minutes later, he got the goal his persistence deserved, coolly slotting past the keeper. On 77 minutes, he completed his hat-trick, with another accomplished finish.

Next week sees a trip to title rivals Castle Donington, who have aspirations of their own, and is already a big game for both clubs.

The team would like to say many thanks to new sponsor – Alison Builders Caremost Ltd of Alfreton.