Codnor Boys took on FC Redwood at the weekend in the U15s DCL Division Three.
Despite the conditions, and a below-par performance, Codnor managed to continue their 100 per cent start to the league campaign with a 2-1 win at their hosts.
Inside the first minute, Codnor stood statuesque as Redwood worked the ball through midfield, ending in a rasping drive from 25 yards into the top corner. Codnor didn’t panic, but nor did they lift the tempo to their usual high level, despite creating a number of half chances.
Redwood were still dangerous on the break, and from set-pieces it took some last ditch defending for Codnor to clear their lines. With seven minutes remaining of the first half, Wood picked up the ball 30 yards out, turned his man and unleashed a terrific drive which was parried by the keeper.
However, Webster was on hand to turn the loose ball in on the goalline to maintain his record of scoring in every game.
With the pitch conditions worsening, and conditions proving tiring for the players, three substitutes entered the fray. Grainger got a foothold in midfield, while Heappey and Carlin provided more of a threat from the wings. Codnor were now playing in the opposition half rather than their own, and chances came and went.
Redwood were still dangerous on the break, and Codnor’s defence could have been a little tighter with improved communication. However, with 12 minutes remaining, James took the game by the scruff of the neck, beating three men before he fed the ball to Wood who drove in from 20 yards for his third goal of the season.
Codnor retained the RCC Charity Cup, and their next fixture is at home to Stanton Ilkeston on November 3.
The club would like to issue many thanks to new sponsor Alison Builders Caremost Ltd of Alfreton.