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5 months ago By David Tilley


“Anton's free kick was headed on by Lee to Crawford who fired his shot into the side netting.”

A below par Corby Town performance contributed to a first league defeat in seven games away to an impressive - but not unbeatable - Frickley Athletic side.
Frickley were quickest off the mark and in the opening minutes Jacob Hazel hit a weak shot which was easily gathered by Sam Wilson and then had a better effort which was deflected wide off the knee of Paul Malone. The host's best early opportunity fell to Danny Frost but he headed wide following a free kick by Nicky Darker. As well as his set pieces full back Darker was also causing the Corby defence problems with his long throws.
Jordan Crawford was having little joy on Corby's left wing but when he suddenly turned up on the right he sent in a dangerous cross which Sam Mulready got the slightest of touches to and Malone could only direct high and wide at full stretch at the back post.
The home side were well on top, however, and fully deserved their 26th minute lead when Frost turned Jason Lee inside out before firing a low shot past Wilson.
One almost became two when Hazel had a well struck shot saved by Wilson and then the Corby goalkeeper excelled to push out an attempt by Gavin Allott with the incoming Frost just failing to get a touch as the ball went wide for a corner.
The Steelmen were continuing to create half chances and hopes were raised when Steven Leslie was brought down just outside the penalty area. In recent weeks Leslie has been deadly from such positions but on this occasion he hit the free kick wastefully high.
Crawford rolled a shot wide in Corby's next attack but the general consensus was that the Steelmen were fortunate to be only one down at the interval.
That fact made it even more frustrating when Corby squandered their best two openings of the game at the start of the second half. Frickley debutant Shawn Mitchell was booked for a foul on Ben Bradshaw and Jamie Anton's free kick was headed on by Lee to Crawford who fired his shot into the side netting.
That was a good half chance but it was quickly followed by a "Smith must score" moment. Leslie did well on the left wing to pull back a centre from the byline and Jordan O'Brien, who struggled to get into the game throughout, headed the ball back across goal. It fell to the unmarked Mulready inside the six yard box but his effort lacked both power and direction and was saved by Sebastian Malkowski.
It proved a costly miss as in the 66th minute Frickley broke up a Corby attack and moved the ball quickly forward via Allott, Frost and Teddy Bloor to Hazel who shot his 17th goal of the season past the exposed Wilson.
To their credit, Corby continued to push forward and created a couple of late chances. Philip Trainer had a good shot well saved by Malkowski and then hit the rebound wide before CJ Tanga-Gibson did well to make room for a shot inside a crowded penalty area but also sent his effort narrowly past the post.
By this time the destination of the points was beyond doubt but it was a little harsh on the Steelmen that they should concede a third in the dying minutes. Leslie was caught in possession in midfield and Frickley once again moved the ball forward quickly to Hazel who added another goal to his impressive total.

FRICKLEY ATHLETIC:- Sebastian Malkowski; Nicky Darker, Cameron Hough; Shawn Mitchell (substitute Jack Burton), Jamel Ible, Richard Paterson; Teddy Bloor, Danny Frost substitute Steve Hopewell), Jacob Hazel, Gavin Allott (captain) (substitute Fabian Bailey), Tom Dugdale. Unused substitutes: Grant Allott, Callum Doherty.

CORBY TOWN:- Sam Wilson; Jamie Anton, Sam Warburton; Paul Malone, Jason Lee (captain), Steven Leslie; Jordan O'Brien (substitute Visan-Vasile Cretu), Ben Bradshaw (substitute CJ Tanga-Gibson), Philip Trainer, Sam Mulready, Jordan Crawford. Unused substitutes: Dean McBride, Dan Smith (GK).

REFEREE:- Mr Mark Reeves.


Updated 18:44 - 12 Nov 2017 by David Tilley

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