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1 month ago By David Tilley


“Lobjoit nipped in between two defenders to slip the ball past goalkeeper David Reay.”

It is not unusual for a new manager to come in and change the fortunes of a losing side upon taking charge. But Steve Kinniburgh must take a lot of credit for the way he lifted the spirits of everyone at Steel Park virtually overnight and also provided a much more vocal presence from the sidelines throughout the ninety minutes.
Kinniburgh clearly had no problem with putting his faith in youth as he included Sam Wilson, Jordan O'Brien and Leon Lobjoit in his starting eleven and had Zayn Hakeem and last season's youth team captain C.J Tanga-Gibson on the bench. Lewis Irwin would also have been included had the Northampton Town loanee not been sideined by injury.
It was evident from the start that Corby were fired up for this game and in the opening minutes Paul Malone headed over the top from a Lee Beeson corner.
Lobjoit and Sam Mulready had fired warning shot across the Stocksbridge bows before the former opened the scoring in the 25th minute. O'Brien played a good ball in from the left and Lobjoit nipped in between two defenders to slip the ball past goalkeeper David Reay.
Corby's four nippy little forwards were causing the visitors all kinds of problems but it was at the back where the Steelmen particularly excelled with both Jamie Anton and skipper Jason Lee making perfectly timed tackles on Joe Lumsden as he attempted to break clean through on goal.
Having scored his first goal for the club from the bench on Tuesday evening Sam Warburton was restored to the starting line up and was a constant attacking threat down the left. Beeson, as always, played in a number of dangerous set-pieces and Steven Leslie had probably his best game in a Corby shirt as he controlled things in midfield.
Early in the second half Lumsden had a shot blocked by the outstanding Anton and also fired a snap shot high and wide for the visitors but the Steelmen always looked likely to add to their total. Beeson hit a long range volley over the top and O'Brien was just unable to get a decisive touch at the far post after a teasing centre by substitute Ben Diamond had slipped through the fingers of goalkeeper Reay.
Corby were given a scare when Scott Ruthven shot wide when he should really have got his attempt on target but they were quickly back on the offensive and Beeson hit a fierce shot inches over the bar.
With six minutes remaining the Steelmen's other two substitutes combined to seal the victory. Zayn Hakeem picked up a pass from Warburton and took the ball down the left wing. He glanced up to see Philip Trainer on the edge of the penalty and played in a low centre which the experienced front man side-footed into the net.
Minutes later the two combined again but this time Reay saved Trainer's glancing header from Hakeem's service.
Corby's overall display deserved a clean sheet but they were denied it in the fourth minute of injury time when a momentary lapse in concentration allowed Ruthven to find the net from close range.
This was just one victory and there is still a long way to go to make this season a satisfactory one for Corby Town. But there was at least the promise of better times ahead - and not a yellow card in sight.

CORBY TOWN:- Sam Wilson; Jamie Anton, Sam Warburton; Paul Malone, Jason Lee (captain), Lee Beeson; Jordan O'Brien (substitute Zayn Hakeem), Steven Leslie, Leon Lobjoit, Sam Mulready (substitute Philip Trainer), Jordan Crawford (substitute Ben Diamond). Unused substitutes: Dan Bendon, C.J Tanga-Gibson.

STOCKSBRIDGE PARK STEELS:- David Reay; Tom Charlesworth (substitute Ben Rhodes), George Grayson; Jack Poulton (substitute Liam McFadyen), Todd Jordan, Matt Reay; Brodie Lichfield, Richard Stirrup, Joe Lumsden, Scott Ruthven, Rory Coleman. (Unsed substitutes Will Ogasthorpe, Lee Thompson, Alex Wiles.

REFEREE:- Mr Mark Tinsley (Nottingham).


Updated 14:01 - 8 Nov 2017 by James McCafferty

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