“"as the loose ball dropped it was lashed into the net by Jack McGovern".”
On the evidence of this performance Corby Town could be in for another long, cold winter. Was it really just two weeks ago that the Steelmen romped to a comprehensive Steel Park victory over Romulus? That display certainly seemed light years away from what the long suffering supporters had to endure against a competent, but hardly awe-inspiring Basford side.
For long periods Corby were outplayed and outfought by their visitors. Sam Mulready, who looked like a predatory goal scorer in pre-season, has been reduced to a peripheral figure struggling to get a sight of goal. And, being the honest man that he is, goalkeeper Paul Bastock would agree that this was not one of the best performances of his lengthy career.
That said, Bastock did well to tip over a shot by James Reid early on and Lewis Carr knew little about his possible goal saving intervention when a Jordan Crawford effort struck him in the face. An otherwise nondescript first half then unexpectedly burst into life during the final five minutes.
In the 40th minute Kern Miller and Carr challenged for a Steven Leslie free kick. Neither of the team captains were able to make decisive contact but as the loose ball dropped it was lashed into the net by Jack McGovern.
With hindsight taking the lead was the worst thing Corby could have done as it only served to awaken Basford from their slumbers.
The visitors' immediate response was to instigate a goalmouth scramble which required some desperate defending and a point-blank block by Bastock from Liam Hearn to keep their goal intact.
Minutes later, however, foul by Jordan Crawford on Reid produced a free kick from which Deon Meikle rose unchallenged to head in the equaliser.
The visitors took control of the game after the interval. Just five minutes in a cross by Reid was headed goalwards by Kieran Wells and Bastock seemed slow to react as he could only help the ball over the line. The Corby 'keeper then had to be alert to keep out a long range effort by Reid before Basford added their third in the 62nd minute.
Hearn was left unmarked at the far post as Ashley Grayson played the ball into the box and although Bastock kept out his effort he could do nothing to prevent Fabien Smith from tapping the rebound in.
The final goal came seven minutes from the end, by which time many Corby supporters were already making their way home. This was a total disaster for Bastock as he gathered an aimless through-ball but then inexplicably dropped it at the feet of substitute Courey Grantham who said "thank you very much" as he rolled the gift into the empty net.
This was a totally unacceptable performance by Corby but they do have an early opportunity to put things right when they visit Bedworth United on Bank Holiday Monday.
CORBY TOWN:- Paul Bastock; Miles Smith, Sam Warburton; Steven Leslie (substitute Conor Marshall), Kern Miller (captain), Jamie Anton; Ryan Bell (substitute Connor Kennedy), Jack McGovern, Philip Trainer (substitute Ollie Brown-Hill), Sam Mulready, Jordan Crawford. Unused substitutes: Jason Lee, Jordan O'Brien.
BASFORD UNITED:- Saul Deeney; Ashley Grayson, Connor Bartle; Deon Meikle, Lewis Carr (captain), Dominic Roma; James Reid, Keiran Fenton, Liam Hearn (substitute Robert Duffy, substitute Courey Grantham, Fabian Smith, Kieran Wells (substitute Callum Smith).
REFEREE:- Mr Richie Watkins (Nuneaton).
Updated 10:01 - 31 Aug 2017 by James McCafferty