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Corby Town First Team - Match centre

Corby Town
AFC Dunstable
J Bettles (64'), E Sandy (81' Pen)
Full time
F Nathan (45')
Sat 1 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central



A definite feeling of deja vu at Steel Park as Corby Town recovered from being behind at half time, saw their opponents be reduced in numbers and converted a penalty on their way to their third victory in four league games this season.
The Steelmen made a bright start and straight from the kick off Sam Warburton had a cross blocked for a corner by Dunstable skipper Leon Cashman. In the fifteenth minute Ben Bradshaw made a surging run into the penalty area but saw his shot saved by the feet of goalkeeper Jamie Head. Jordon Crawford then hit a shot over the bar as Corby continued to dominate.
Just as the previous week, however, that dominance counted for nothing when the visitors took the lead. A high cross from the right by Danny May was headed out by Gary Mulligan but the clearance struck Greg Ling and the ball landed at the feet of Nathan Frater who hammered it into the net.
The Steelmen responded with an Elliot Sandy shot which Head should have saved more comfortably than he did but once again Corby found themselves behind at half time despite enjoying the greater amount of possession.
Dunstable began the second period intent n adding to their advantage and substitute Terry Griffiths had a shot fingertipped wide of the target by Dan George. From the resulting corner the ball eventually fell to Charlie Clayton but he hit his effort high and wide.
Frater then fired in a shot following a free kick which George claimed, lost and finally gathered safely.
Corby then made a significant change in the 54th minute when, in search of extra fire power up front, Jake Bettles replaced Greg Ling.
Four minutes later Adam Watkins sent Kyle Ajayi scurrying down the left wing and when the 18-year-old winger had his progress halted by Miles Smith he impetuously raised his hands at the Corby full back to earn himself a needless red car - so becoming the sixth opposing player to be sent off in Corby's five matches.
It took the Steelmen just six minutes to make their numerical advantage count as in the 62nd minute Bettles took the ball past former Steelman Cashman, chipped it over goalkeeper Head and saw it bounce down over the line off the underside of the crossbar. No VAR required here as the ball was clearly over the line before being cleared (see photo above).
Head then clattered sandy as the pair challenged for a ball inside the area but Coventry referee Mr Ryan Williams gave the free kick in Dunstable's favour.
In the 81st minute, however, Mr Williams did point to the penalty spot when Sandy was fouled by Watkins as they contested a Warburton centre. A bit of nonsense on the edge of the box delayed the kick but Sandy kept his nerve to coolly roll the ball into the net.
Bradshaw fired in a shot which was deflected narrowly wide and then found no takers for his well placed corner kick.
As the visitors went in search of an equaliser goalkeeper Head went up for an injury time corner but that was safely gathered by George and three more points were safely in the Steelmen's bag.

CORBY TOWN:- Dan George; Miles Smith, Sam Warburton; Greg Ling (substitute Jake Bettles), Jamie Anton, Gary Mulligan (captain); Jordan Francis, Connor Kennedy, Elliot Sandy, Ben Bradshaw (substitute Dean McBride), Jordon Crawford (substitute Zac Allen). Unused substitute Dan Smith (GK).

AFC DUNSTABLE:- Jamie Head; Danny Maye (substitute Terry Griffiths), Newman Carney; Joe Steele, Leon Cashman (captain), Christian Tavernier; Kyle Ajayi, Adam Watkins, Charlie Clayton (substitute Michael Gullerton), Nathan Frater, Joel Norris (substitute Dylan Baker). Unused substitutes: Damon Pickering, BJ Christie.

REFEREE:- Mr Ryan Williams (Coventry).


The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

Goal Frater Nathan scores for AFC Dunstable
Goal Jake Bettles scores for Corby Town
Scored Penalty Elliot Sandy scores a penalty for Corby Town

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90:00 Sub Off
Ben Bradshaw is substituted off for Corby Town
90:00 Sub On
Dean McBride is substituted on for Corby Town
90:00 Sub On
Zachory Allen is substituted on for Corby Town
90:00 Sub Off
Jordon Crawford is substituted off for Corby Town
81:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 1
Elliot Sandy scores a penalty for Corby Town
64:00 Goal 1 - 1
Jake Bettles scores for Corby Town
60:00 Sub On
Jake Bettles is substituted on for Corby Town
60:00 Sub Off
Greg Ling is substituted off for Corby Town
End of period 1
44:59 Goal 0 - 1
Frater Nathan scores for AFC Dunstable
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Corby Town
  • AFC Dunstable
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  • Frater Nathan Goal 44:59'
  • Jake Bettles Sub On 60:00'
  • Greg Ling Sub Off 60:00'
  • Jake Bettles Goal 64:00'
  • Elliot Sandy Scored Penalty 81:00'
  • Ben Bradshaw Sub Off 90:00'
  • Dean McBride Sub On 90:00'
  • Zachory Allen Sub On 90:00'
  • Jordon Crawford Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

George, Dan George, Dan
Smith, Miles Smith, Miles
Mulligan, Gary Mulligan, Gary
Crawford, Jordon Crawford, Jordon
Anton, Jamie Anton, Jamie
Warburton, Sam Warburton, Sam
Francis, Jordan Francis, Jordan
Kennedy, Connor Kennedy, Connor
Bradshaw, Ben Bradshaw, Ben
Sandy, Elliot Sandy, Elliot
Ling, Greg Ling, Greg
AFC Dunstable
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League round up

Other Division One Central results

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Welwyn Garden City
Bromsgrove Sporting
Aylesbury United
Dunstable Town
Peterborough Sports


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Peterborough Sports 25 63
2. Bromsgrove Sporting 28 62
3. Corby Town 25 55
4. Didcot Town 26 43
5. Berkhamsted 26 43
6. Coleshill Town 27 41
7. Thame United 26 40

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