Corby’s comeback adds more misery

Worcester City defenders get to grips with Eastwood striker Gregg Simmons during the Easter Monday clash at Coronation Park.
Worcester City defenders get to grips with Eastwood striker Gregg Simmons during the Easter Monday clash at Coronation Park.

EASTWOOD failed to build on taking an early lead as Corby Town recovered to claim the points in convincing fashion at Coronation Park on Easter Monday.

Blue Square Bet North

EASTWOOD TOWN 1

Danny Elliott 8

CORBY TOWN 4

Leon Hibbert 11

Sam Benjamin 43og

Paul Malone 48, 85

by Andy Cope

EASTWOOD failed to build on taking an early lead as Corby Town recovered to claim the points in convincing fashion at Coronation Park on Easter Monday.

Having performed so admirably against play-off chasing sides Stalybridge, Worcester and Guiseley, many Badgers fans saw this game as a chance to score a morale-boasting victory.

However, heavy rain blighted Coronation Park all day making the pitch very difficult to play good football on resulting in the young Badgers side being out-muscled.

The Badgers started brightly with Danny Elliott signalling his intentions with a 25-yard shot which was deflected wide.

From the corner both Gavin Caines and David Haggerty had opportunities to test the Corby goal but failed to trouble the keeper.

At the other end Jordan Smith dragged his shot wide, after latching onto Andy Hall’s clipped ball into the box.

The Badgers took the lead in the eighth minute as Elliott ran into the box and with the Corby defence standing off he lashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

But the home side could only hold onto the lead for two minutes, failing to pick up Leon Hibbert at a free-kick and the Corby defender flicked on Hall’s long centre to level the score.

The goal galvanised the visitors and soon after Eastwood defender Kallum Keane did well to block Richard Jones’ shot.

Moments later Jones tested Sam Andrew with another stinging shot which the keeper parried into the air before catching on the line.

Smith chipped wide for Corby and Steve Towers’ cross saw three Corby strikers converge on the Eastwood keeper with the defence appealing for offside. However the flag stayed down and all four players failed to make contact, with the ball sailing harmlessly wide.

In truth none of the chances were clear cut and the Badgers were holding their own in the game until three minutes before the break.

Corby winger Gary King chased a loose ball that Keane was shepherding out of play. His cross was good, positioned between the keeper and last defender, but with no Corby players in sight and presumably no communication from team mates, Sam Benjamin had the time and room to deal with the situation. Inexplicably he blasted the ball into the roof of Andrew’s net much to the surprise of everyone in the ground.

The Badgers had to substitute captain Mitch Hanson at half-time and with him went the Eastwood resilience and their opponents took full advantage.

Two minutes after the restart, Jones’ volley was deflected for a corner and Paul Malone rose highest to head home the Steelemen’s third goal.

Smith’s cross was just too high for Jones as Corby looked to kill the game off with Phil Gulliver’s header from a corner saved on the line.

Sub Gregg Simmons almost snatched a second goal for the Badgers with a fantastic piece of opportunism. Markel Bailey did really well to break down the right and when he pulled back a superb cross, Simmons managed to steal a lead on his marker and produced a cheeky back heel which was straight at Nick Bennion in the Corby goal.

Malone scored his second and Corby’s fourth of the game, meeting a corner unchallenged and heading towards the corner. Despite the best efforts of three Eastwood players on the line, the referee adjudged the ball to have crossed it, condemning the Badgers to their 12th home league defeat of the season.

Eastwood: 1 Sam Andrew 2 Kallum Keane (Josh Raven 78) 3 Sam Benjamin 4 Danny Elliott 5 David Haggerty 6 Gavin Caines 7 Jake Green 8 Mitch Hanson (Perry Marriott 45) 9 Wes Henry (Gregg Simmons 61) 10 Alex Troke 11 Markel Bailey Subs not used: Ashley Noble, Richard Cooper Ref: Mark Ackerman Att: 189

Best Badger: Danny Elliott