“"Mulready beat the goalkeeper to a loose ball and sent a high lob into the goal". ”
Corby Town gained their third win of pre-season in a game which produced a number of talking points. Upper most was the surprise debut of legendary non-league goalkeeper Paul Bastock who, at the age of 47, became Corby Town's oldest ever first team player. He played the opening forty five minutes despite suffering from a back strain which he had picked up whilst gardening the previous day.
At the other end of the age scale was 16-year-old Jordan O'Brien who offered further evidence of his ability by scoring the opening two goals and almost completing a hat trick.
Then there was the inclusion of former skipper Paul Malone who scored within seconds of his introduction as a late substitute.
Sam Mulready had an early shot turned round for a corner by the Doughboys' goalkeeper while Bastock's first piece of action saw him comfortably gather a free kick. A foul on Connor Kennedy then produced a Corby free kick but Mulready headed off target from Lewis Jackson's set-piece. Mulready also put a header over the bar following a cross by Kennedy.
Just as it appeared that the first half would end goalless the Steelmen took the lead. The opening was again created by Kennedy on the right and when a defender and the goalkeeper failed to clear the ball young O'Brien rolled it into the net.
Academy goalkeeper Phil Nield was introduced for his debut at half time and was quickly into the action, making a diving save from a free kick. Another Doughboys shot from a set-piece fizzed just over the bar as the hosts put the young goalkeeper under pressure.
Corby were continuing to create the bulk of the chances and Jordan Crawford beat the offside trap only to have his shot blocked by the 'keeper and as defenders got back to challenge appeals for a penalty fell on deaf ears.
When O'Brien found himself in a similar position, however, he hit a low shot into the corner of the net to double his and Corby's total. The game was finally put out of the hosts's reach when Mulready beat the goalkeeper to a loose ball and sent a high lob into the goal.
Michael Ogilvie then had a shot saved and the ball was put out for a corner. Before the kick was taken Paul Malone was sent on as substitute and he jogged to the edge of the six yard box in perfect time to head Crawford's centre into the net.
O'Brien had a gilt-edged opportunity to complete his hat-trick when he was set up by Crawford but his weak header was cleared off the line.
Although Corby took the spoils the last word went to Wellingborough when Dane Wood took advantage of some slack defending to fire a long range shot high into the net for the best goal of the evening.
CORBY TEAM:- Paul Bastock (substitute Phil Nield); Connor Kennedy, Lewis Jackson (substitute Jordan Yong); Conor Marshall, Jamie Anton (substitute Paul Malone), Steve Kinniburgh (captain) (substitute Jason Lee); Danny Setchell (substitute Michael Ogilvie), Dan Bendon (substitute Kern Miller), Jordan Crawford, Sam Mulready (substitute Adam Frisch), Jordan O'Brien.
Updated 09:35 - 24 Jul 2017 by James McCafferty