Following last weekend’s defeat at league leaders Blyth Spartans the Steelmen needed to return to winning ways with this home fixture against bottom markers Skelmersdale United. They achieved that aim with a dominant first half display which ended the game as a contest inside forty five minutes.
Corby manager Gary Mills gave a first league start to Joe Iachiofano in an attacking line up and the Northampton Town loanee got through a prodigious amount of hard work without getting the reward of a goal that his efforts deserved.
Jordan Crawford was also, as usual, a non-stop bundle of energy and he did get his name on the score sheet – twice.
Corby began in confident manner and Skelmersdale goalkeeper Chris Cheetham had to be alert to get to a neat through ball by Ben Milnes fractionally ahead of Phil Trainer. That only delayed the inevitable, however, as the Steelmen went ahead with eleven minutes on the clock.
Milnes appeared to be fouled by Cameron Glennon on the edge of the box but referee Robbie Dadley played a good advantage and Crawford turned inside Callum Grogan before firing a shot across Cheetham into the far corner of the net.
Stefan Moore then glanced a header wide from a Phil Trainer centre and another deft touch by Milnes gave Iachiofano the space to send in a low centre towards Moore which Cheetham just managed to touch away for a corner.
A second Corby goal always seemed likely and it duly arrived in the 27th minute. Corby switched the ball from right to left with an exquisite pass by David Bell picking out Courtney Wildin and his first time centre was turned in at the near post by Crawford.
Two then became three in the 39th minute. Trainer was fouled by Jack White on the right hand side of the penalty area and Bell’s free kick found the head of Aaron Brown who stooped to direct the ball past Cheetham at the far post.
The visitors enjoyed a good spell of attacking possession early in the second half and Aidan Grant was called into action to tip a free kick from Max Allan over the bar. But normal service was quickly resumed as the majority of the action switched to the other end.
Cheetham received a yellow card for handling the ball outside the area and then made two good saves to deny Moore and Iachiofano in quick succession. A cheeky backheel by Moore just failed to reach Iachiofano inside the area and Cheetham, easily the visiting man of the match, again did well to block another shot by Iachiofano.
Spencer Weir-Daly received a great ovation from the Corby fans, who will never forget his contribution to the 2015 title success, when he replaced Moore and the returning Michael Ogilvie was also given a warm welcome upon his introduction as substitute in place of skipper Trainer.
In the latter stages Iachiofano had Cheetham back pedalling furiously to tip a lob over the bar and Grant preserved his clean sheet with a sharp save from a close range effort by Ramirez Howarth.
CORBY TOWN:- Aidan Grant; Jamie Anton, Courtney Wildin; David Bell (substitute Steve Leslie), Aaron Brown, Jason Lee; Joe Iachiofano, Ben Milnes, Stefan Moore (substitute Spencer Weir-Daley), Phil Trainer (substitute Michael Ogilvie), Jordan Crawford. Unused substitutes: Connor Kennedy, Steven Kinniburgh.
SKELMERSDALE UNITED:- Chris Cheetham; Cameron Glennon, Jack White; Jason Jefferies, Phil Mooney ©, Callum Grogan; Jack Watts, Steven Irwin, Nathan Randell (substitute Max Allen, substitute Seb Bradshaw), Steven Gillespie (substitute Ramirez Howarth). Unused substitute: Stuart Callaway.
REFEREE:- Mr Robbie Dadley (Bedworth).
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