Although there was some disappointment among the Corby Town ranks that this draw could not be turned into a victory in the final reckoning the point gained on a cold and wet night in the west midlands could be a vital one. To be truthful this game will not live long in the memory. It was a game of few chances – most of which fell to the Steelmen.
Not surprisingly Gary Mills kept faith with the starting eleven which had won so convincingly at the weekend. The first opportunity of the game fell to Corby after just four minutes but Jason Lee was unable to direct his header on target following a David Bell corner.
Both sides went close to scoring in a four minute spell midway through the first half. In the 17th minute Gurjit Singh beat Jamie Anton out wide and cut inside to fire in a shot which Ben Milnes cleared after Aidan Grant had parried.
The best chance of the first forty five minutes fell to Corby after 21 minutes. From a Milnes centre Joe Iachiofano got in between central defenders Joe Hull and Sam Whittall but was unable to get in a clean header and the ball sailed harmlessly wide off the young forward’s shoulder.
The Steelmen’s next sight of goal came two minutes into the second period. A clever flick by Phil Trainer put in Stefan Moore but his shot hit Whittall and deflected up and into the arms of goalkeeper Veiga.
Lee picked up a caution for a foul on substitute Craig Bannister and Milnes joined him in the book after directing an unwise comment at referee Mr Simon Brown to move within one more yellow card of a suspension.
The Pics produced only their second effort on goal in the 73rd minute but Aaron Brown took the sting out of Singh’s long range shot and Grant saved comfortably.
The Steelmen were not at their best from set pieces as a Milnes corner went straight out for a goal kick without reaching the edge of the penalty area and a Brown free kick from a dangerous position ended up out of the ground.
If anyone was going to win the game it became increasingly obvious that it would be Corby. With six minutes remaining Veiga saved a shot from Milnes and deep into injury time the Cape Verde international goalkeeper did well to push a Phil Trainer header out for a corner just as it seemed the ball might sneak in at the near post.
With Frickley and Marine both losing the position at the foot of the table is getting tighter by the game. Corby are just a point behind Marine – who have a game in hand – and three points adrift of Frickley who have now played the same number of games as the Steelmen.
Halesowen Town must also now be looking a little nervously over their shoulders. They are on the same number of points as Frickley – 39 – and although they have played four games less than the Steelmen cannot consider themselves to be safe.
RUSHALL OLYMPIC:- Jose Veiga; Marcus Jackson, Brian Smikle; Aaron Forde ©, Joe Hull, Sam Whittall; Mickael Partodikromo, Aris Christophorou, George Bowerman, Gurjit Singh, Luke Bottomer. Substitutes: Lee Smith, Craig Bannister, Jazz Luckie, Danico Johnson, Ryan Boothe.
CORBY TOWN:- Aidan Grant; Jamie Anton, Courtney Wildin; David Bell (substitute Connor Kennedy), Aaron Brown, Jason Lee; Joe Iachiofino (substitute Spencer Weir-Daley), Stefan Moore, Phil Trainer, Jordan Crawford. Unused substitutes: Steven Leslie, Steven Kinniburgh.
REFEREE:- Mr Simon Brown.
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