“"the Steelmen's tormentor in chief was the familiar figure of Joe Ichiofano".”
Coming so quickly after the euphoria of Sunday's victory over the Marathonbet Premier League Legends, this result will ensure that the Corby Town players keep their feet firmly on the ground. If this was a case of men against boys then the boys came out well on top. The young Cobblers had several impressive attributes - the most eye-catching of which was the speed with which they continually turned defence into attack. During the first half the Steelmen's tormentor-in-chief was the familiar figure of Joe Ichiofano who, of course, had a lengthy spell on loan with Corby last season.
Ichiofano was one of five professionals in the visiting ranks, the others being Aaron Philips (ex-Coventry City), George Smith (ex-Barnsley and Gateshead), Rahim Handley (an England Under-19 international previously with Swansea City) and Leon Lobjoit (who was signed after scoring 62 goals in 36 games for Buckingham Town in the United Counties League).
The diminutive front man had already had a shot well saved by Paul Bastock before he opened the scoring with a close range finish from a right wing centre in the 11th minute.
Corby got themselves back into the game with 23 minutes on the clock when Jordan Crawford pulled the ball back from the byeline and Connor Marshall rose impressively to head in.
Equality was short lived, however, as Ichiofano turned provider to set up Lewis Irwin for Northampton's second goal on the half hour. Three minutes before half time the Cobblers increased their lead as Leon Lobjoit forced the ball past Bastock from close range.
The Steelmen responded with a shot from Marshall which was easily saved by visiting goalkeeper Luke Codington.
Into the second half, Corby enjoyed much more territorial advantage but Northampton were always dangerous on the quick break. Bastock did well to clutch a firm shot by Lobjoit and then came to hia colleague's rescue after the same player had raced away from Jason Lee. The Corby 'keeper then denied Aaron Philips but could do nothing to prevent the visiting skipper from making it 4-1 in the 77th minute.
At the other end Codington dealt comfortably with a number of high centres and also made quality saves from Jordan Crawford and Jordan O'Brien.
In the final few minutes Lobjoit netted a fifth for Northampton and Crawford thundered in an unstoppable drive which gave the final result a little more respectability.
CORBY TOWN SQUAD:- Paul Bastock; Miles Smith, Jason Lee; Connor Marshall, Kern Miller (captain), Jamie Anton; Jordan Crawford, Ryan Bell, Phil Trainer, Shay Brennan, Ollie Brown-Hill. Substitutes: Connor Kennedy, Jordan O'Brien, Grant Ryan, Phil Nield (GK).
NORTHAMPTON TOWN XI:- Luke Codington; Aaron Philips (captain), George Smith, Rahim Handley, Jarvis Wilson, Pru Anael; Seth Patrick, Shama Bako, Leon Lobjoit, Joe Ichiofano, Lewis Irwin.
REFEREE:- Mr Tom Bingley (Leicester).
Updated 10:31 - 21 Aug 2017 by James McCafferty