Codnor Boys play well in losing cause

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Codnor Boys 2

Sandiacre Town 4

After the recent half-term break, Codnor returned to action against an in-form Sandiacre Town.

Codnor started the game brightly, strong in the challenge and zipping passes about for fun.

The entire first 25 minutes were played in the Sandiacre half, with Wilmot and Parr bossing the midfield. Unfortunately, chances were spurned, until Atkin came off the bench to score with his first touch.

A corner was only half cleared, and with the ball worked back into the box, Atkin flicked the ball into the top corner with the outside of his right boot.

Further chances were created, until Sandiacre ventured into the Codnor half for the first time and, with slack marking, Ben Lowe fired in off the far post to make it 1-1 at half-time.

From the restart, Codnor again got at the opposition at every opportunity. Within minutes Codnor again took the lead when Webster played a delightful ball through the defence and Atkin rifled in his second of the game. Webster then fired just wide of the far post, before Atkin had a chance for his hat-trick from one of numerous corners earned.

With 18 minutes remaining, a silly free-kick was gifted to Sandiacre wide on the right, the cross was not cleared, and Lowe was on hand to turn in for his second of the game.

Chances were now being created at either end, but it was Sandiacre who took the lead.

A poor back-pass from Nolan gifted Lowe with the chance to complete his hat-trick, which was duly taken. From the restart Codnor worked the ball into the box, and with three minutes remaining the ball, fell kindly to Bradley but he somehow fired wide.

With Codnor pressing for the equaliser, Sandiacre extended their lead in the final minute when another poor back-pass from Byrne gifted Lowe with his fourth of the game.

Having spoken about back-passes on the bobbly pitch before the game, this made it evermore galling.

The match finished 4-2, although Codnor can take great heart from another impressive display.

Oliver Grainger pipped a number of players to the Man of the Match award, with Carlin, Wilmot, Parr and Coutts putting in impressive displays.