Sam Ives returned to the Corby Town team to face Workington, as he replaced the injured Gareth Jelleyman. Youth teamer James Harrison was on the bench in place of Tom McGowan, who was also missing through injury.
Workington got the game underway and had the lead within 2 minutes. A short corner came back out to the crosser, and as he drilled a low cross back into the 6 yard box, Carl Piergianni attempted a clearance but he could only watch as his attempted clearance went the opposite way and past Paul Walker for an early own goal. Ryan Semple had a chance to equalise on 5 minutes, but his free-kick hit the wall.
Corby had struggled to make an impression o the game and fund themselves 2 down on 19 minutes. Piergianni’s header back to Walker didn’t have enough power on it, leaving Jacob Hazel to nip in between Piergianni and Walker and lob it over the onrushing Corby keeper. Things got even worse for the Steelmen les than a minute later as they were reduced to 10 men, Lewis Webb being shown a straight red card for a tackle on Jonny Wright.
It took the Steelmen 27 minutes to register their first effort on target; Avelino Vieira’s long range shot being comfortably saved by Taylor. It took another 10 minutes for another chance of note, and this time they made it count. Ryan Semple’s free-kick was floated into the box and found Paul Malone, who made no mistake with a header from 6 yards. Sam Ives put a shot wide a minute later.
Corby ended the first half as the better team, with Vieira, Semple and Malone all going close. There were to be no goals as the half ended with the Steelmen trailing, but growing into the game.
The Steelmen were forced into an early second half substitution, with Gary King being forced off with injury, with Josh Moreman replacing him. Workington had a good chance to extend their lead on 55 minutes as Hazel got through on goal, only for Walker to make the initial save and Piergianni to clear the danger.
Workington did however get their third goal only three minutes later, with Arnison on target this time. Wright picked up the ball from a Corby defensive throw in and made a run to the byline, before pulling the ball back and leaving Arnison with the simplest of finishes. Stefan Galinski came on for the inured Jason Crowe on 67 minutes, whilst a double Workington change on 71 minutes saw Jordan Connerton replace Hazel, and Anthony Wright came on for Mark Boyd.
Corby were struggling to create chances throughout the second half, but were handed a golden opportunity to get back into the game on 77 minutes. Moreman broke clear of the Workington defence but Taylor was on hand to produce a brilliant save when one on one with the Steelmen striker. Workington made their final chance with 10 minutes to play as goalscorer Arnison was replaced by Conor Tinnion. Vieira had a chance to score on 87 minutes, but when finding himself in space in the box, he took too long on the ball and was forced out for a corner, which was cleared.
That half chance was the last sight at goal for either team as Workington recorded a comfortable victory on a miserable day for the Steelmen.
Corby Town: Paul Walker, Jason Crowe (c)(sub Stefan Galinski 67), Sam Ives, Medi Abalimba, Carl Piergianni, Paul Malone, Ryan Semple, Nat Wedderburn, Avelino Vieira, Gary King (sub Josh Moreman 51), Lewis Webb
Subs Not Used: Dominic Cuffy, James Harrison, Luke Greer
Workington: Aaran Taylor, Niall Cowperthwaite, Gari Rowntree, Paul Johnson Lee Andrews, Dan Wordsworth, Jacob Hazel (sub Jordan Connerton 71), David Hewson (c), Jonny Wright (sub Anthony Wright 71), Gareth Arnison (sub Conor Tinnion 80), Mark Boyd
Subs Not Used: Richard Bannister, Tom Manship
Goals: Paul Malone (37); Carl Piergianni (OG 2), Jacob Hazel (19), Gareth Arnison (58)
Sent Off: Lewis Webb (20)
Referee: Stephen Ross
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