“Crawford netted from the edge of the six-yard box.”
A visit to the "oldest club in the world" produced a sixth successive victory for Corby Town. A new manager at Sheffield FC had seen a number of new players arrive and only three survived from the team which had drawn 1-1 at Steel Park in September. One of the newcomers was Grant Ryan, who had appeared for Corby in pre-season, but he was forced to watch this game from the stand having been sent off on his debut a week earlier.
The Steelmen made the ideal start, going ahead inside two minutes. A Sam Warburton cross from the left was turned behind for a corner and Steven Leslie's kick was helped on by Sam Diamond to Leon Lobjoit who stooped to head in at the far post.
Sheffield responded strongly and an excellent challenge by Jamie Anton denied them an equaliser.
Corby were quickly back on the attack, however, and Diamond was given offside whilst setting up an opportunity which Jordan Crawford put away. Crawford then turned provider to set Lobjoit in the clear but after turning inside Jamie Hadfield he saw his shot blocked by young goalkeeper Laurence Bilboe - currently on a youth loan from Rotherham United.
Sheffield were causing Corby few problems but they drew level in the 19th minute when Chesterfield loanee Ricky German ran clear on the right and hit an angled shot past Wilson.
Despite the problems caused by the strong wind both teams were playing some good football. Sam Mulready had a shot blocked by the legs of Bilboe and at the other end Wilson did well to keep out another effort by the ever-dangerous German.
With nine minutes of the first half remaining Jamie Yates, a troublesome adversary whilst playing for Matlock last season, was put clear through the middle and calmly beat Wilson to give the hosts the lead.
Corby did create one further opportunity before the interval but Lobjoit was just unable to turn the ball in after a Paul Malone header following a throw-in had struck the outside of the post.
Driving rain was added to the strong wind at the start of the second period but now the Steelmen had the elements at their backs and in their favour. Mulready headed narrowly wide and a fierce shot by Malone laid a defender flat out.
Manager Steve Kinniburgh then made a double substitution with Ben Bradshaw and Jordan O'Brien being introduced in place of skipper Jason Lee and Mulready and within minutes Corby were level.
Bilboe again did well to save at the feet of Lobjoit but the rebound fell to Crawford who netted from the edge of the six-yard box.
Sheffield were struggling to cope with the non-stop running of Lobjoit and Bilboe plucked the ball out of the air after the Corby striker had attempted to lob him.
The experienced Philip Trainer was brought on for Crawford and almost immediately hit a shot narrowly wide. Lobjoit had another effort pushed away by Man of the Match Bilboe before Corby struck their deserved winner in the 85th minute. Bradshaw was impeded on the edge of the penalty area by Richard Adams and Trainer nudged the defender on the edge of the wall out of the way to create the space for Leslie's low free kick to find the bottom corner of the net.
Anton again denied Sheffield with a perfectly-timed challenge but no-one could argue that the Steelmen did not deserve the victory which lifted them up to fifth place in the table - just three weeks after they had been in the bottom four.
SHEFFIELD FC:- Laurence Bilboe; Ben Turner, Alex Brown; Derry Robson, Jamie Hadfield, Richard Adams; Jamie Yates, Sam Finlaw, Ricky German, Ben Algar, Jack Brownell. Substitutes: Lee Cooksey, Charlie Dawes, Frank Koroma, Lewis Price, Joel Purkiss.
CORBY TOWN:- Sam Wilson; Jamie Anton, Sam Warburton; Paul Malone, Jason Lee (substitute Ben Bradshaw), Steven Leslie; Ben Diamond, Connor Kennedy, Leon Lobjoit, Sam Mulready (substitute Jordan O'Brien), Jordan Crawford (substitute Philip Trainer). Unused substitutes: Dean McBride, CJ Tanga-Gibson.
REFEREE:- Mr Andrew Dallson (Kirby-in-Ashfield).
Updated 14:01 - 8 Nov 2017 by James McCafferty