Codnor rise to occasion

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The final league meeting between Codnor Boys under 15s and Castle Donington was extremely important for Codnor, with anything but a win consigning them to the runner-up spot in the division.

However, they rose to the occasion with a 3-1 victory, to force a future championship play-off game.

Whilst Castle Donington had the Champagne at the ready, Codnor were in determined mood to spoil the party.

After a number of early opportunities were carved out, it was Webster who burst through on goal with eight minsute played.

While his initial shot was well saved, he picked up the loose ball to cross for James to head in.

Minutes later it was 2-0, when Webster again forced a smart save, only for Soar to fire in the loose ball for his 20th of the season from only his tenth start.

Codnor were now firmly on top, with Cashmore and Atkin comfortable with everything being thrown at them, and Wood and Grainger controlling the midfield with ease.

On the stroke of half-time, James earned a corner with some delightful trickery.

As the corner came in, it was Grainger who arrived to fire in on the half-volley to send the large travelling support wild.

Castle Donington came out in determined mood in the second half, but Codnor managed to snuff out any half-chances, with Wilmot and Castle working tirelessly.

After a couple of smart saves, Hubbard was finally beaten with 18 minutes left, with a wonder strike into the top corner.

At this point, Codnor could have crumbled, but the substitutes were on hand to calm any nerves, and made the difference. Heappey, Mycock, Byrne, Waldron and Nolan were all introduced, and set about the tired opposition.

The final whistle came, and all the hard work had finally paid off with a fantastic performance, which was instantly dedicated to team-mate Ryan Coutts, who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

Man of the Match was Oliver Grainger for a class performance in midfield.

A Ryan Coutts Charity Fundraiser event is to be held at Codnor Sports Club on Sunday, April 13, in aid of the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.

The event starts at 1pm and everyone is welcome. There will a barbecue and refreshments, cakes and goods stalls, an under 15s five-a-side football tournament, a fun quiz and prize bingo.

For more details or to help in any way, call Glyn on 07814 540039.