BEDWORTH UNITED 2 CORBY TOWN 0
MORE WOE FOR STEELMEN AS GREENBACKS GAIN FIRST VICTORY
Another disappointing performance and another defeat sees Corby Town's season continue to crumble in front of their eyes. Manager David Bell is correct in saying that it is too early to panic just yet but the current run of four successive defeats cannot be allowed to stretch any further.
Man for man the Steelmen should be as good as anybody at this level but they do not appear to be gelling and are too often playing as eleven talented individuals. One or two may have to be sacrificed in order to bring in others who may be a better fit into the team shape.
Not enough passes are finding white - or on this occasion - blue shirts and many of those that do are forcing the recipient to stretch for the ball and so struggle to get it under control.
It is certainly true to say that this afternoon Corby had far more attempts on goal than their hosts. But the only number that matters is the total which go into the net and in the last four games that has amounted to just two.
The Steelmen opened up the Bedworth defence down the right early on but home goalkeeper James Martin blocked Jack McGovern's shot to concede a corner which came to nothing. This was the only time I can recall Martin being called into serious action as Corby's subsequent efforts were off target.
shot narrowly wide either side of the interval, Sam Warburton
blasted the ball high over the bar when well placed inside the penalty area and Sam Mulready
also hit an angled attempt too high when the Steelmen supporters were anticipating seeing the net ripple.
Mulready was also unfortunate to see a back-header bounce to safety off a post but Corby's clearest opportunity fell to his strike partner McGovern. Martin's goal kicks ranged from average to poor and his poorest of the afternoon landed at the feet of McGovern midway inside Greenbacks' territory. The Corby striker elected to take the ball forward instead of hitting a first time shot past the stranded 'keeper and was tackled by Mark Albrighton just outside the penalty area and the chance had gone.
Ultimately Corby were undone by a 40-year-old with a golf bag full of clubs to his name. Iyesden Christie's heyday as a professional with the likes of Mansfield Town and Leyton Orient may be over ten years ago but he showed there was still some life in the old dog yet.
After 24 minutes Christie tangled with Jason Lee
and went down like the proverbial sack of spuds. It was a slightly dubious penalty call but referee Mr Bradley Hall was suitably impressed and awarded the spot kick which was comfortably converted by Levi Rowley.
Then in the 88th minute, with Corby pushing forward in search of a late equaliser, Rowley outpaced Jamie Anton
on a run which had begun inside his own half and crossed for the unmarked Christie to supply the easiest of final touches.