“"Corby enjoyed more than their fair share of attacking possession".”
The memory of the tasty pre-match burger will linger far longer than the action on the pitch from this latest pre-season fixture at Compton Park. David Bell picked his strongest available line up but it was still missing several important components - the most obvious of which was a midfield play-maker. The one new face on view was that of former Barwell, Stamford and AFC Rushden & Diamonds forward Ollie Brown-Hill and he was one of the few Steelmen to play the full ninety minutes.
Corby enjoyed more than their fair share of attacking possession but seldom got close enough to goal to see the whites of Stuart Lutter's eyes and the Cooks' goalkeeper had little trouble in gathering long range efforts from Shay Brennan, making his first start upon his return from holiday, Grant Ryan and Brown-Hill.
Lutter dealt equally comfortably with a Connor Kennedy free kick and a Ryan header while Brown-Hill hit a shot wide whilst off balance. The new boy was heavily involved in the action and his best moment saw him produce some impressive footwork to set up an angled opportunity for Jordan Crawford which was again easily saved.
Cogenhoe were rarely troubling Paul Bastock in the Corby goal but a quick break saw Sean McBride play a good ball through to Luis Vierra who shot wide with only the 'keeper to beat. Then, in the 37th minute, former St Neots striker Vierra picked up a pass from Ryan Ansell out on the left wing and, with the Corby defenders appealing in vain for offside, he cut inside Jason Lee before unleashing an unstoppable shot which arrowed into the top corner of the net.
Corby were a little unfortunate to go in behind at the interval but within eight minutes of the restart they found themselves 2-0 down. Some sloppy defending allowed Ansell to again find Vierra and this time he slipped a shot under Bastock from six yards out.
Numerous changes in personnel on both sides made little difference to the dynamics of the game with the Steelmen continuing to create half chances which they were unable to take. The home defence, which significantly remained unchanged throughout, came to Lutter's rescue when he fumbled a header from Jamie Anton Following a corner and substitute Ryan Bell had a couple of attempts which failed to trouble the goalkeeper.
In the 88th minute Brown-Hill was fouled on the edge of the penalty area and Lee thundered the resulting free kick into the net with Lutter seeming to misjudge the flight of the ball.
COGENHOE UNITED:- Stuart Lutter; Dominic Okanu, Jacob Gartland; Josh Melling, Jake Clayton, Michael Parkes; Ryan Cooke (substitute Alasdair Duncan, substitute Jack Riley), Sean McBride, Luis Vierra (substitute Jack Bartley), Ryan Dove (captain) (substitute Rhys Taylor), Ryan Ansell (substitute Ross Garlick).
CORBY TOWN:- Paul Bastock; Miles Smith (substitute Jamie Anton), Steven Kinniburgh (captain); Connor Marshall, Connor Kennedy, Jason Lee; Ollie Brown-Hill, Danny Setchell (substitute Michael Ogilvie), Grant Ryan (substitute Jordan O'Brien), Shay Brennan (substitute Adam Frisch), Jordan Crawford (substitute Ryan Bell).
REFEREE:- Mr Rob Evans.
Updated 12:41 - 28 Jul 2017 by James McCafferty