In great weather for football, Corby Town welcomed Walsall Phoenix to Brooke Weston for their Midland Junior Premier League fixture.
The game kicked off with Corby taking the game to the visitors, a few chances were created and Corby managed to gain the lead with a superb volley from Jordan Watt after the ball skipped up following a corner.
At this point it looked like Corby would stroll to victory, but Walsall had different ideas. The goal spurred the away team on and they pressed and harried Corby all over the pitch and didn’t allow them to settle.
Despite a flurry of Walsall corners and the visitors applying some pressure, the Steelboys defence held strong and they went into the break ahead.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first. Corby Town doubled their advantage following some great team play. Scott Toomey applied the finishing touch from the edge of the box, sending his shot under the Walsall goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The goal again kick started Walsall as they pushed for a comeback. Their endeavours were rewarded when the ball was played wide left and the winger chipped his marker and volleyed home from 20 yards with a superb strike.
This goal opened the game up as the visitors pushed for an equaliser. However, it was Corby who netted again as they took advantage of gaps left by their opponents at the back. With 10 minutes remaining, the Steelboys moved the ball well and with a cross from the left Tom Kalugin finished the move with a precision header from 12 yards into the top corner. Moments later another good move from Corby enabled Connor Towell to wriggle free on the edge of the box and slot home to make it 4-1.
Although Corby were deserved winners, the score line flattered the home team and Walsall gave a very good account of themselves. I am sure the rematch will be an exciting affair!