Josh Moreman’s first goal of the season sealed a second home win in a row for Corby Town as they edged out St Neots Town 1-0 at Steel Park.
It has been a stop-start opening to the campaign for last season’s top scorer but he was the Steelmen’s match-winner having been thrown on as a half-time substitute by Corby caretaker-manager Mark Peters, who once again did his chances of taking on the job on a permanent basis no harm at all.
The recruitment process is well under way as the Steelmen search for Chris Plummer’s replacement and Peters can now show seven points from a possible 12 since the previous boss resigned.
Peters made one change from the team that started Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at St Albans City with Northampton Town loanee Claudio Dias handed his first start in place of the injured Tom McGowan while Chris Carruthers was also ruled out.
The hosts started brightly enough with Tom Berwick having an early free-kick saved comfortably by Niall Conroy while Paul Walker got down to stop Jay Davies’ shot at the other end.
But the Steelmen really should have gone in front on nine minutes when David Moyo latched on to Dan Crowie’s weak header back towards Conroy. The goalkeeper eventually saved the frontman’s shot when he probably should have squared to the unmarked Berwick.
And then, from the resulting corner, Gareth Jelleyman got on the end of it but saw his header cleared off the line by Gavin Hoyte.
Those close calls seemed to spark St Neots into life and, had it not been for Walker, the visitors would have been in front at the break.
He made a wonderful save low down to his left to turn Ryan Sharman’s shot round for a corner. And then, just three minutes later, he had his palms stung by Lewis Hilliard’s fierce strike.
Corby went close with the last chance of the half when Tom James’ free-kick curled just wide of the post with Conroy rooted to the spot.
Peters threw on Moreman in place of Tom Ingram at the break and the Steelmen came out well with the hard-working Berwick continuing to be the biggest threat.
His good strike on the turn forced Conroy into a decent stop with Moyo blasting the rebound wide and Berwick was denied by the visiting goalkeeper again when he pushed the striker’s fierce effort into the side-netting.
But the breakthrough did come just past the hour. Moyo didn’t give up on a ball that looked to be heading out for a goal-kick.
His cross found Berwick who turned his defender and drove the ball across goal where Moreman was waiting to fire home, with a covering defender unable to keep it out.
After that, it was fairly scrappy and that was something the Steelmen probably appreciated.
They defended stoutly and ensured there were no late scares and also kept the ball pretty well when they needed to.
And so another home win and another success for Peters. He will certainly have plenty to show when his interview for the permanent role comes around.
Steelmen: Walker; Ives, Malone, Jelleyman; Shariff, Dias, Ingram (sub Moreman, h-t), Hurst, James; Berwick, Moyo. Subs not used: Vieira, Lamb-Johnson, Arber, Farrell.
St Neots: Conroy; Nkinga (sub Safee, 86 mins), Crowie, Hoyte, Steer; Hilliard, Davies, Sharman, Taylor (sub Adjei, 77 mins); Sear (sub Joseph, 86 mins), Sogbanmu. Subs not used: Wood, King.
Referee: Ian Rathbone.
Goals: Moreman (63 mins, 1-0).