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Corby Town First Team - Match centre

Corby Town
S Diggin (36'), J Crawford (74'), E Sandy (80')
Full time
D Harris (3'), M Sparrow (77')
Mon 22 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Division One Central Attendance 386




With two successive defeats behind them and the race to accumulate sufficient points to be sure of promotion should they win the play offs hotting up Corby Town were under pressure to regain their best form when Yaxley visited Steel Park on Easter Monday.
When the two sides met at Corby in the F.A Trophy back in October Yaxley right winger Matt Sparrow played a major part in his side's 3-1 victory. He wasn't in the team which was beaten 4-0 by Corby on Yaxley's 3G on New Years Day but he was back in the line up on this occasion and began in the same form he had shown on his previous visit.
The game was only a few seconds old when he made his first inroad into Corby's backline and sent in a cross which centre forward Dalton Harris somehow fired over the bar from just a couple of yards out.
Corby did not heed this warning, however, and when Sparrow played in another centre in the third minute Harris made no mistake with his header from virtually the same spot.
In the Steelmen's first meaningful attack Charlie Johnson put Jordon Crawford under just enough pressure to prevent the Corby forward from getting his shot at goal on target.
At this point Yaxley were still enjoying their share of attacking possession and Dan Cotton forced Dan George into a sharp save at his near post before Sparrow sent in another cross which no Cuckoo could get on the end of.
What Corby needed was a goal and it duly arrived nine minutes before half time when Steve Diggin fired in an excellent shot from the left edge of the penalty area. The Steelmen then had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Joe Butterworth appeared to handle the ball under pressure from Elliot Sandy.
After half time Corby began to turn the screw and just past the hour mark Harris was booked for an over robust tackle on Jack Newell, who was having an excellent game in Corby's midfield. This pressure finally paid off in the 74th minute when a mistake by former Corby goalkeeper Aaron Butcher gifted possession to the Steelmen. The Yaxley defence seemed to have successfully repelled the danger until the ball fell to Crawford out on the left and he found the back of the net in a similar fashion to Diggin.
If that goal was gift wrapped then Yaxley's equaliser three minutes later came with a bow on it. Visiting skipper Ross Watson hit a shot which was blocked by Gary Mulligan and Sam Warburton beat Sparrow to the loose ball - only for his clearance (!!) to find the top corner of the net with George a bemused onlooker.
It almost got worse for Corby seconds later when a header by Liam Hook following a corner was goalbound until the intervention of Newell on the line.
But the Steelmen were not to be denied their victory and in the 81st minute a Crawford centre found Sandy on the penalty spot and his fierce shot struck the underside of the crossbar before going in-off the back of the unfortunate Butcher, who was the third different goalkeeper used by Yaxley in their three games against Corby this season following Ollie Sutton and James Blake.
In Corby's next attack Diggin went for placement rather than power and Butcher blocked his shot with his feet but the final whistle went with the Steelmen holding on to their much needed win.

CORBY TOWN:- Dan George; Jamie Anton, Sam Warburton; Ashley Robinson (substitute Joel Carta), Delroy Gordon, Gary Mulligan (captain); Jordan Francis (substitute Jake Bettles), Jack Newell, Elliot Sandy, Steve Diggin, Jordon Crawford (substitute Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson. Unused substitutes: Greg Ling, Dan Smith (GK).

YAXLEY FC:- Aaron Butcher; Dalton Bettles, Frazer Garner; Joe Butterworth, Ross Watson (captain), Charlie Johnson; Matt Sparrow, Liam Hook, Dalton Harris, Dan Cotton, Kyle Nolan. Substitutes: John-Paul Duncliffe, Charley Sanders, Sam Spencer, Thomas Waumsley, Fraser Sturgess.

REFEREE:- Mr Jacob Lehane.



Jack Newell

Player of the Match

Jack Newell

Key moments

Goal Dalton Harris scores for Yaxley
Goal Stephen Diggin scores for Corby Town
Goal Jordon Crawford scores for Corby Town
Goal Matthew Sparrow scores for Yaxley
Goal Elliot Sandy scores for Corby Town

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90:00 Sub Off
Jordon Crawford is substituted off for Corby Town
90:00 Sub On
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted on for Corby Town
80:00 Goal 3 - 2
Elliot Sandy scores for Corby Town
77:00 Goal 2 - 2
Matthew Sparrow scores for Yaxley
74:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jordon Crawford scores for Corby Town
65:00 Yellow Card
Dalton Harris is yellow carded for Yaxley
59:00 Sub Off
Jordan Francis is substituted off for Corby Town
59:00 Sub On
Jake Bettles is substituted on for Corby Town
45:00 Sub On
Joel Carta is substituted on for Corby Town
45:00 Sub Off
Ashley Robinson is substituted off for Corby Town
End of period 1
45:00 Yellow Card
Ross Watson is yellow carded for Yaxley
36:00 Goal 1 - 1
Stephen Diggin scores for Corby Town
30:00 Missed Shot
Delroy Gordon misses a shot for Corby Town
28:00 Yellow Card
Charlie Johnson is yellow carded for Yaxley
21:00 Saved Shot
Daniel Cotton has a shot saved for Yaxley
15:00 Saved Shot
Jack Newell has a shot saved for Corby Town
12:00 Missed Shot
Jordon Crawford misses a shot for Corby Town
3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Corby Town taken by Jordon Crawford
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Dalton Harris scores for Yaxley
2:00 Missed Shot
Dalton Harris misses a shot for Yaxley
0:00 Player of the Match
Jack Newell is awarded player of the match for Corby Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Corby Town
  • Yaxley
  • 0
  • Dalton Harris Goal 3:00'
  • Charlie Johnson Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Stephen Diggin Goal 36:00'
  • Ross Watson Yellow Card 45:00'
  • Ashley Robinson Sub Off 45:00'
  • Joel Carta Sub On 45:00'
  • Jordan Francis Sub Off 59:00'
  • Jake Bettles Sub On 59:00'
  • Dalton Harris Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jordon Crawford Goal 74:00'
  • Matthew Sparrow Goal 77:00'
  • Elliot Sandy Goal 80:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub On 90:00'
  • Jordon Crawford Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

George, Dan George, Dan
Anton, Jamie Anton, Jamie
Warburton, Sam Warburton, Sam
Mulligan, Gary Mulligan, Gary
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Francis, Jordan Francis, Jordan
Crawford, Jordon Crawford, Jordon
Newell, Jack Newell, Jack
Robinson, Ashley Robinson, Ashley
Diggin, Stephen Diggin, Stephen
Sandy, Elliot Sandy, Elliot
Corby Town
  • 1. Aaron Butcher
  • 2. Dalton Bettles
  • 3. Frazer Garner
  • 4. Jo Butterworth
  • 5. Ross Watson
  • 6. Charlie Johnson
  • 7. Matthew Sparrow
  • 8. Liam Hook
  • 9. Dalton Harris
  • 10. Daniel Cotton
  • 11. Kyle Nolan
  • 12. John-Paul Duncliffe
  • 13. Charley Sanders
  • 14. Sam Spencer
  • 15. Thomas Waumsley
  • 16. Fraser Sturgess

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Peterborough Sports 38 95
2. Bromsgrove Sporting 38 87
3. Corby Town 37 77
4. Bedford Town 37 65
5. Sutton Coldfield Town 38 62
6. Berkhamsted 38 59
7. Coleshill Town 38 56

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