“Crawford was on hand to fire the ball into the net.”
Corby Town achieved back to back wins for the first time this season on a difficult evening away to Kidsgrove Athletic on Wednesday. Traffic delays meant that the journey to Staffordshire took almost an hour longer than anticipated and once the game began the constant rain made underfoot conditions treacherous. The Steelmen overcame these problems, however, and fully deserved their victory.
Corby included loan signing from Kettering Town Ben Bradshaw, who had played under Steve Kinniburgh at the Poppies'academy, in their starting line up while Connor Kennedy returned from suspension. Also included in the travelling party were teenagers CJ Tanga-Gibson - who captained the successful youth team last season - current Under-18s captain Dean McBride and fellow youth team player Zac Allen.
The Steelmen were on the front foot from the first whistle and inside the opening minutes Steven Leslie fired a free kick over the crossbar and Jordan Crawford had a good effort saved by goalkeeper David Parton, who was to have a busy evening.
Crawford took on four defenders on a run from inside his own half but his pass to Sam Mulready was cut out by Leon Ashman. Mulready then had a shot deflected wide and Parton had to race smartly off his line to block at the feet of Kennedy at the expense of a corner.
Little was being seen of the home side in attack and from the one opening they did create skipper Anthony Malbon got his bearings all wrong with a header from a Ross Davidson centre.
If anything Corby began the second half even better than the first and in the opening seconds Crawford hit a shot wide after Parton had done well to block an effort from Mulready. Minutes later Mulready did beat Parton and after his attempt had come back off the post Crawford was on hand to fire the ball into the net.
Leon Lobjoit was then tripped as he took the ball into the penalty area but attempted to stay on his feet and when he finally did go to ground referee Mr Richard Watson waved play on.
In the 55th minute Kidsgrove launched one of their rare attacks and on this occasion it produced the equalising goal. Tom France for once got the better of Sam Warburton on the wing and when he crossed the ball into the middle Malbon took one touch to control it and another to dispatch it into the net - proving just why he is a goalscoring legend at the Novus Stadium.
Rhys Thompson was a little fortunate to receive only a yellow card after diving in on Mulready with both feet off the ground and Paul Malone was also deposited on the turf following a late tackle.
The hosts were still not causing Corby too many problems in defence with the sure handling of Sam Wilson not giving them a sniff of goal, although a deep cross to the far post looked dangerous until France knocked it out for a goal kick.
As the game entered injury time Parton had to be on his toes to hook a back pass off the line. The resulting corner led to a goalmouth scramble which ended with Philip Trainer putting the ball into the net for the winning goal - the second in two games for the Steelmen's new 'supersub'.
KIDSGROVE ATHLETIC:- Dave Parton; Ross Davidson, Rhys Thompson; Leon Ashman, Ryan Austin, Dan Skelton; Tom France, Tim Sanders, Kyle Diskin, Anthony Malbon (captain), Dan Cocks. Substitutes: Lee Cropper, Shaun Rhodes, Aaron Johns, Lee Pickerill, Aiden Haughton.
CORBY TOWN:- Sam Wilson; Connor Kennedy, Sam Warburton; Paul Malone, Jamie Anton (captain), Steven Leslie; Ben Diamond (substitute Philip Trainer), Ben Bradshaw (substitute Zayn Hakeem), Leon Lobjoit, Sam Mulready (substitute Jordan O'Brien), Jordan Crawford. Unused substitutes: CJ Tanga-Gibson, Dean McBride.
REFEREE:- Mr Richard Watson.
Updated 14:01 - 8 Nov 2017 by James McCafferty