Tommy Wright admitted Corby Town experienced a “tough night” as their mini revival was ended at the hands of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division leaders Buxton.
Just 10 days after the two teams had drawn 1-1 at Steel Park, the quick return fixture went the way of the table-toppers thanks to a second-half goal from Jamie Jackson.
That strike came after Jordon Crawford had the ball in the net for Corby, only for it to be ruled out for a foul.
And while Wright, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday today, felt things could have been different if that goal had stood, he admitted Buxton were the “better side” as Corby were unable to build on their dramatic first victory of the league season against Blyth Spartans last Saturday.
“It was a tough night,” the Steelmen boss said.
“Both teams pressed hard but they certainly had the majority of possession in the first half.
“I thought we started pretty well for the first 10 minutes or so but after that you would have to say that Buxton were the better side.
“They showed why they are top of the league and we played like a team who are struggling towards the bottom.
“Having said all that, Jordon has scored a goal and we still don’t really know why it was disallowed.
“If that had stood then it would have been a different game.”
The Steelmen are back in league action on Saturday when they make the trip to Warrington Town.
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