COALVILLE TOWN 4-1 CORBY TOWN
No Great Escape For The Steelmen
This was supposed to be the afternoon when Corby Town completed 'The Great Escape'. Dead and buried by Boxing Day, avoiding relegation on the last day of the season was to be the grand finale. Only the Steelmen players had not read the script - or if they had it was upside down!
All the effort put in since the turn of the year was made completely pointless by a performance which defied logic. How could a team which had performed so well on Easter Monday be so poor just five days later. Instead of staying up with a bang they went down with barely a whimper.
Guiseppe Iaciofano being recalled to Northampton Town from his loan spell on the morning of the match did not help Corby's preparations. But there was more than enough experience in the Steelmen's starting line up to shrug off that set-back. The blunt truth is that Corby were second best in every department during the opening forty five minutes.
The initial opportunity of the first half did fall to the Steelmen, but Spencer Weir-Daly's first minute effort from long range drifted wide of the goal and before Corby knew what had hit them they were two-nil down. After fifteen minutes Coalville's leading marksman Nat Watson found himself completely unmarked in front of goal to head in from a centre by Marcus Marshall and eight minutes later Watson was picked out by Alex Dean and he again fired the ball past Aidan Grant.
In between these goals Steven Leslie had a free kick tipped over the top by Matt Coton and shortly after Coalville's second a David Bell set-piece rattled the crossbar. These were isolated Corby opportunities, however, and they could have no complaints about going in at half time two goals adrift.
There was a little more urgency about the Steelmen's play after the break but when Marcus Marshall volleyed in the home side's third Corby's only hope of survival rested on Sutton Coldfield losing at Workington.
The Steelmen did pull a goal back when Coton fumbled the ball over the line but any hopes of mounting a comeback were virtually ended when a spot of handbags in the Coalville penalty area resulted in Aaron Brown being shown a red card.
With Corby having little option but to throw everyone - even goalkeeper Grant on one occasion - forward they inevitably left gaps at the back and Rory Coleman took full advantage to net Coalville's fourth. It could even have been worse for the Steelmen as in the final few minutes home substitute Edilson Antonio twice lost out in one-on-ones with Grant.
When news filtered through that Sutton Coldfield had picked up the point they required from a goalless draw at Workington, the Steelmen's second successive relegation was confirmed.
COALVILLE TOWN; Matt Coton; Kyle Bryant, Rory Coleman; Danny Jenno, Lee Torr, Liam Walshe (captain); Marcus Marshall (substitute Ben Stokes), Steve Towers (substitute Anton Brown), Malachi Lavelle-Moore (substitute Edilson Antonio), Nat Watson, Alex Dean. Unused substitutes: Dean Freeman, Sean Bowles (GK).
CORBY TOWN:- Aidan Grant; Miles Smith (substitute Ryan Bell), Courtney Wildin; David Bell (substitute Adam Frisch), Aaron Brown, Jason Lee; Jordan Crawford, Ben Milnes, Phil Trainer (captain), Spencer Weir-Daley, Steven Leslie (substitute Connor Kennedy). Unused substitutes: Jamie Anton, Danny Draper.
REFEREE:- Mr Leslie Sinclair
Report by David Tilley.