It's been a difficult season so far for Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Codicote (Step 6) - Going into the game they had played eighteen games in league and cup with just one victory against fellow struggler's Hillingdon Borough back on Saturday 26th August. Former Premier League player Gifton Noel-Williams had started the season in charge only to leave the club after their recent 0-6 defeat to Baldock Town. Jimmy Martin and Tony Armitage had steadied the ship over the past few weeks with their young side gaining a creditable 0-0 draw at Ampthill Town at the weekend which was the team's first clean sheet of the season.
Ware Sports are having a great season so far - they are in third place in their league and went into this game on the back of three good wins over Hinton, Chipperfield Corinthians and Knebworth.
There were a fair few tough challenges in this game with Ware Sports taking the lead in the first half which was the only goal of the game. Codicote had one or two chances to equalise with one standing out towards the end of the first half which ended in a great save by Ware's goalkeeper.
Cod's new manager Fin Johnson, who has previously coached at Cockfosters, Cheshunt, was in attendance. He officially took over the running of the team after the game. Their next two fixtures are away at Harefield United tomorrow and at home to St Neots Town Reserves next weekend.
Johnson has made a number of signings as he looks to work some magic and for the team to climb up the table over the coming weeks. Wide player's Ade Adeyemo and Youseff Magdy have joined from University of Herts FC along with defender Desmond Jemwa. Former Welwyn Garden City forward Isaac Oppong has signed up with Courtney Lawrence (from Cockfosters) and midfielder Jason Rice from Cheshunt FC. I can see Harefield United's defence being rather busy on Saturday dealing with the pacey players that Johnson has signed up.
Ware Sport's next game is at home to Bushey Sports tomorrow. They travel to fellow HSCL Premier Division side Letchworth Garden City Eagles in the Quarter Final of the HSCT.
HERTS FA SENIOR CENTENARY TROPHY
scheduled to be played on Saturday 2nd December 2017
London Lions v Knebworth
Letchworth Garden City Eagles v Ware Sports
Baldock Town v Wormley Rovers
FC Lemsford v Belstone