Corby Town fired a fantastic four past Blue Square Bet Premier side Kidderminster Harriers as they came from a goal behind to catapult themselves into the first round proper of the FA Cup with Budwiser for the second season running.
Not even an impromptu forty-minute break in play was enough to halt the Steelmen on their march to victory, as play was suspended due to a faulty floodlight.
But the night didn’t start exactly as planned. Steve Guinan stunned Steel Park into a fleeting silence after he opened the scoring for the visitors in the seventh minute, his pin-point accurate header enough to beat Chris Mackenzie early doors.
Paul Mayo evened the scores at just under the hour mark, whilst a brace from on-loan defender Callum Reynolds and a fizzing Andy Hall free-kick ensured the Steelmen sealed their place in the first round with style.
Kidderminster’s opening goal would prove to be their last real attacking threat of the match; as Corby went on to completely dominate proceedings against their higher league opposition.
Steve Tower’s forty yard cross/shot in the fifteenth minute almost gifted Corby with the perfect response and had Dean Lyness back-pedalling in the Harriers goal. With Kidderminster’s defence panicking, neither Matt Rhead or James Ozmen could capitalise on the follow-up.
Tower’s came close again fifteen minutes later, but his snapped shot from the edge of the box zipped past the left-hand post and wide.
The Steelmen nearly snatched their deserved equaliser on the stroke of half-time after Jordan Smith was sent clean through. Unfortunately for the speedy striker, Harriers’ ‘keeper Dean Lyness was just as quick to react and did well to smother.
Continuing with their domination into the second-half, Corby played with vigour and vitality; it seemed only a matter of time before the home crowd had a reason to celebrate.
Paul Mayo was to be the unlikely source of those celebrations in the 57th minute, his thirty yard effort floated into the back of the net to draw Corby level. Was it a shot? Maybe. Was it a cross? Possibly. Did the home crowd care? Not at all.
There was cause for more celebration just five minutes later, as new-boy Callum Reynolds nodded in from close range following James Ozmen’s header across goal.
Corby’s compelling comeback was cruelly halted in the 66th minute, when a floodlight failure caused play to be temporarily abandoned.
Things looked to take a turn for the worse when the junction box caught fire, but the issue was soon dealt with and play was reinstated after forty minutes to the delight of the home crowd.
The Steelmen sustained their supremacy straight from the restart; striker Matt Rhead’s snapped free-kick slipped just wide whilst Nick Rogan saw his ten-yard effort tipped off the line.
Reynolds went one better then his team-mates in the 72nd minute, when he rifled home from the edge of the box for Corby’s third of the night.
Andy Hall demolished any hope of a Harrier fightback ten minutes before half-time, using his usual panache to curl a free-kick past Dean Lyness, who stood by as merely a spectator.
Kidderminster: Lyness, Vaughan, Jones, Sharpe, Marshall, Bird, Vincent, Hankin (sub Thompson-Brown, 54 mins), Wright, Gittings, Guinan (sub Matt, 74 mins). Subs not used: Briscoe, Creswell, Demetrion, Williams, Phelan.
Referee: Michael Bull.
Goals: Guinan (7 mins, 0-1), Mayo (57 mins, 1-1), Reynolds (63 mins, 2-1), Reynolds (73 mins, 3-1) & Hall (80 mins, 4-1.)
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