SATURDAY SPORT – Sammons earns Steelmen a point, Diamonds draw but 10-man Poppies lose out

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Ash Sammons scored twice on his competitive debut for Corby Town as they marked their return to the Vanarama National League North with a 2-2 draw at fellow newly-promoted Curzon Ashton.

The Steelmen were given the perfect start as Sammons marked his competitive debut for the club by giving them the lead after just 40 seconds.

But the hosts fought back strong with Gary Burnett hitting the bar before he tapped home a deserved equaliser on the half-hour.

And the hosts completed the turnaround five minutes into the second half when Burnett added his second following a short free-kick.

However, Corby fought back themselves and Sammons struck again after 77 minutes to make it 2-2 and earn his team a point.

Kettering Town’s preparations weren’t helped by a nightmare of a journey down to the south coast before they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Poole Town on their return to the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Poppies’ team coach was held up in traffic and didn’t arrive until gone 3pm with the game eventually kicking off just before 4pm.

And when it did get under way, Marcus Law’s team fell behind after just two minutes when Richard Gillespie headed home.

The Poppies battled back with Steve Kinniburgh send an effort wide and Dubi Ogbonna forcing a save out of the home goalkeeper.

Kettering’s cause was not helped when Ogbonna was sent off for a second bookable offence with 15 minutes to go but they so nearly grabbed an equaliser in stoppage-time when Brett Solkhon headed Will Grocutt’s cross over the bar.

AFC Rushden & Diamonds battled back from a goal down to earn a point in their first outing in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central as they drew 1-1 with fellow newly-promoted side Petersfield Town at the Dog & Duck.

After a low-key first half, the visitors took the lead on the hour when Stuart Green headed home a left-wing cross at the far post.

But Diamonds levelled things up with 12 minutes to go when Delroy Gordon headed home Sam Brown’s long throw.

And they had a golden chance to win it late on but Tom Lorraine was unable to convert Scott Joseph’s through-ball.