“Jordan O'Brien took careful aim - but saw his shot scrape the outside of the post.”
Once again a dominant performance by Corby Town failed to earn them three points as visitors Peterborough Sports twice came from behind to finish all-square.
Corby gave a debut to Mansfield Town loanee Sam Wilson in goal and there were two more potential debutants on the bench - Zayn Hakeem, also on loan from Mansfield, and Dan Clifton, a former Northampton Town youth team colleague of Sam Warburton. The Peterborough Sports starting line up included former Steelmen Aaron Butcher, Lewis Webb, Avelino Vierra and Josh Moreman with Liam Marshall and Mark Jones on the bench.
The Steelmen pushed forward in the opening minutes and a low centre from the left by Warburton almost found the fit again Sam Mulready in front of goal. They did take the lead after just twelve minutes when Butcher turned away a fierce shot by Warburton only for Philip Trainer to head in following the resulting corner taken by Lee Beeson.
Beeson was heavily involved in Corby's early dominance as he supplied the cross from which Trainer headed just over the bar and then fired in a free kick which Butcher finger tipped over the top.
The visitors were offering little in the way of an attacking threat but they did draw level just before the half hour mark when David Femiola stabbed the ball in after the Corby defence had failed to clear a cross by Ashley Robinson.
The Steelmen shrugged off this set back and restored their lead six minutes before half time in controversial circumstances. Butcher came off his line to punch away a Beeson free kick and in doing so knocked Mulready to the ground. Most referees would have seen nothing wrong with that but Robbie Dadley did and pointed to the penalty spot. With so many penalty decisions having gone against them already this season Corby took this opportunity to begin restoring the balance as Mulready' kick found the back of the net via the fingers of Butcher.
Corby were now back in command and as the half drew to a close Mulready had a shot deflected over the bar and Jamie Anton headed narrowly wide from a Beeson corner.
Due to the difficult underfoot conditions the second half was a scrappy affair once again punctuated by Corby near misses. Mulready sent a shot just wide of the post after a long kick out by Wilson had been played into his path by Trainer, Beeson had a low strike turned round the post by Butcher and Paul Malone was unable to hit the target with a header from yet another Beeson corner.
The Steelmen's best opportunity to score the third goal which would have surely secured them all three points was fashioned by their two teenaged substitutes. Hakeem crossed the ball in from the right wing and Jordan O'Brien took careful aim - but saw his shot scrape the outside of the post on its way out for a goal kick.
Wilson was having little to do in the Corby goal, although he did make a good save from a Vierra header. Then, with just two minutes remaining, O'Brien fouled Moreman just outside the penalty area. Jordan MacLeod played the free kick to the back post, where Josh Sanders rose highest to head in the equaliser.
CORBY TOWN:- Sam Wilson; Miles Smith, Sam Warburton; Paul Malone, Jamie Anton (substitute Dan Clifton), Jason Lee (captain); Lee Beeson, Steven Leslie, Philip Trainer, Sam Mulready (substitute Zayn Hakeem), Jordan Crawford (substitute Jordan O'Brien). Unused substitutes: Connor Kennedy, Ben Diamond.
PETERBOROUGH SPORTS:- Aaron Butcher; Daniel Bannister Stuart Eason), David Cobb (substitute Liam Marshall); Josh Sanders, David Femiola, Lewis Webb (c); Ashley Robinson, Dan Lawlor (substitute Mark Jones), Avelino Vierra, Jordan MacLeod, Josh Moreman. Unused substitutes: James Connell, Rogan McGeorge.
REFEREE: Mr Robbie Dadley (Bedworth).
Updated 15:57 - 5 Oct 2017 by James McCafferty