Corby Town’s u16’s first league match of the 2012/13 Midland Junior Premier League campaign saw them welcome Nuneaton Town u16’s to Steel Park.
With the first team away to Workington the fantastic facilities were kindly made available to the young steelmen and their visitors.
Corby started the brighter and were soon in front from some sharp passing that opened up the Nuneaton defence and resulted in a wonderful quick turn and finish from Connor Towell.
Nuneaton responded well and were camped in Corby’s half for long periods leaving the home side to rely on the counter attack. Corby always looked dangerous going forward and found themselves two in front when Tom Kalugin finished off some nice play from Jake Reynolds down the left.
Again Nuneaton to their credit came back and had several shots on the Corby goal hitting the woodwork. Corby were also counter attacking and struck the Nuneaton post.
Corby found themselves with several corners and when one was not properly cleared the resulting cross was met by Jordan Watt who rose above the crowded box to powerfully finish with a header.
Whatever was said to the Nuneaton Town players at half time seemed to work as they really took the game to Corby putting the home side under tremendous pressure. Their efforts were rewarded when they managed to pull back a well taken goal.
Corby responded and after some good work by Mitchell Taylor down the right flank this time, Tom Kalugin again calmly slotted away the resulting cross.
In the energy sapping heat the game started to open up towards the end of the second half and both teams had several chances to score again. Nuneaton were the first when a well taken free kick again hit the Corby woodwork and the Nuneaton players responded quickest to the rebound to slot the ball away for their well deserved second goal.
Both teams continued to press making this an exciting game for the watching spectators and it was left to Tom Kalugin to get his third and hat-trick when he deflected in another cross from Jake Reynolds.
A wonderful advert for the league and we look forward to meeting up with the Nuneaton Town players, staff and parents at the return fixture.