Harefield United secure third win in four games

keeper Ballheimer kept a clean sheet keeper Ballheimer kept a clean sheet

Harefield United 1-0 Codicote

Harefield United extended their recent good run of form on Saturday, as they secured their third win in four games with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Codicote at Preston Park.

The Hares were second best for large parts if truth be told, with Codicote hitting the post twice in the first half and enjoying a better fist of things for an hour, but Lenny Farhall's goal 15 minutes from time secured Harefield a crucial three points 

It was the visitors who started the game brightly and after a free kick was partially cleared to the edge of the box, Codicote's Dan Dixon stung the palms of Harefield 'keeper Jacob Ballheimer from 20 yards.

Codicote continued to cause Harefield problems, and they came close to opening the scoring  when Jason Rice sent a cushioned header just wide in the 12th minute from Craig Cawcutt's inch perfect cross. 

Harefield's first real chance came three minutes later, as good play from Tash Jordan released Sam Shaw down the right, and his cross was met by Adam Willis, whose headed effort was comfortably saved by Codicote goalkeeper Bradley Heaps. 

But it was the visitors though who continued to cause problems in the first 20 minutes and they were inches away from taking the lead when Christian Edwards' volley struck the bottom of the post. Codicote then hit the post again just moments later, as Dixon's low strike from distance hit the woodwork, after a free kick was only partially cleared.

The visitors continued to dominate in the first half and another chance came and went when Codicote's Youssef Ahmed sent a free kick sailing over the bar. 

Harefield slowly came back into the game in the last five minutes of the first half, with Willis' header warming the palms of Codicote's Heaps from Shaw's cross out wide and the Hares almost took the lead on the stroke of half-time, as Jordan's header from a Shaw free kick forced Heaps into a good save.

After a subdued first half, Harefield started the second period much brighter, pressing Codicote in possession and showing more attacking intent. 

Harefield's Jordan had the first effort of the half, with his dipping volley going wide of the post, before Codicote winger Youssef Ahmed hit a curling effort which was comfortably saved by Harefield's Ballheimer.

But as the game went into the final 15 minutes, it was Harefield who took the lead, as Shaw's corner found its way through to Farhall, who tucked the ball home from close range

But Codicote almost responded immediately, as Rice's effort flew inches wide from the edge of the area, with Hares goalkeeper Ballheimer stranded.

As the game entered the last five minutes, Harefield substitute Jason Richards flicked the ball on to goalscorer Farhall, whose pace saw him beat his marker, but his low effort forced a good save from Codicote 'keeper Heaps. 

However, despite some Codicote pressure in the dying minutes, Harefield professionally closed out the game, with the result moving them up to 12th place in the Spartan South Midlands League Division One. 

The Hares are back in action next weekend when they face Bedford at Preston Park. 

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