Foster’s double trouble for Town
Codicote 2 Buntingford Town 0 BUNTINGFORD failed to dominate a match they really should have won, as Codicote s determination proved to be the difference. Chances were few and far between early on as both teams started quietly, probing for any chance of
Codicote 2 Buntingford Town 0
BUNTINGFORD failed to dominate a match they really should have won, as Codicote's determination proved to be the difference.
Chances were few and far between early on as both teams started quietly, probing for any chance of an opening.
And Town's first chance fell to Luke Robins, who wriggled his way through the defence for a one-on-one with the Codicote keeper, who proved up to the task with a good save with his feet.
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Robins then whipped in a teasing corner and after a scramble in the box the ball fell for Jamie Babbage who attempted to shimmy round a Codicote defender who appeared to bring the midfielder down.
However, the referee decide the Town player dived and issued a yellow card.
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After 27 minutes, the home side took the lead when a right-wing cross found Ryan Foster who lost his marker and sent a looping header beyond a fully-stretched Damion Williamson.
And the second half started in a similar fashion to the first, as both sides tried their best to create chances.
And it was Codicote again, who took their chance when Foster smashed the ball past Williamson for his second of the game.
Buntingford then went in search of a goal of their own, but for once their fire power was lacking, with chances flying over the bar or wide of the goal, as both Will Turl and Mark Smith went close.
And in the absence of manager Paul Attfield, assistant boss Duncan Easley made changes, with Ricky Young, Gary Christie, and Chris Hardy entering the action.
However, it was all to no avail, and to rub salt into the wound Jamie Babbage saw red with his second yellow card of the game, before the referee ended Town's misery by blowing for full time.
Assistant manager Easley said: "Codicote deserved the victory, in what was a hard-fought and tight game.
"We created very few chances in open play, whereas Codicote found two quality crosses that led to both their goals.
"We displayed plenty of commitment but didn't show enough creativity in the final third.
"It was disappointing to lose, having gained two good victories in the last few weeks.
"This defeat puts the onus on us to produce a big performance on Saturdayat home to Met Police Bushey."
Buntingford now sit four points behind league leaders Police.
Buntingford Town: Williamson; Endacott, Cain, J Babbage, Easley (Christie); Beaumont, De Lacey (Young), Smith (Hardy); Robins, Turl.