First-half display is costly for u14s

Codnor Boys u14s in actionsubm
Codnor Boys u14s in actionsubm

With an icy wind blowing across the Kilburn Welfare pitch, the conditions were not great, and Codnor Boys u14s failed to get to grips with them, putting in their worst first half performance in a number of years.

Stanton Ilkeston were first to everything, earning a number of early corners, before taking the lead on six minutes.

Codnor were spurred into life for a short period, with Waldron and Wilmot combining down the right hand side, before a cross was flicked on by Atkin to Webster, who fired onto the bottom corner.

Stanton then regained the lead, when Codnor failed to close down, and a shot from around 25 yards was fired low into the corner. Minutes later, it was 3-1, when a Stanton forward cut in from the right hand side and floated a shot into the far top corner.

At half-time, Codnor looked dead and buried, and needed an early goal to get back in the game. The majority of the remainder of the game took place in the Stanton half, with Codnor creating a number of opportunities to score, but failing to convert any of them.

Wilmot raced clear but the keeper pulled off a great save,

Webster had a clear sight of goal, and Parr shot wide from eight yards when it looked easier to score.

With three games remaining, promotion is looking unlikely, but with the league so tight there is still everything to play for, especially pride.