New arrivals can’t prevent defeat for Steelmen

Chris Plummer
Chris Plummer

Corby Town suffered suffered a fifth successive defeat in the Blue Square Bet North as they went down 2-1 at Bradford Park Avenue.

The Steelmen were boosted by the arrival of two new signings ahead of the game with central defender Stefan Galinski re-joining until the end of the season from Stoke City - the club he joined from Derby County early in the new year.

And Chris Plummer also swooped for frontman Jordan Ivey-Ward, who played one game at Kettering Town recently and was previously with Milton Keynes Dons.

Both players started the game at Bradford but it was the hosts who enjoyed the early pressure and they made it count on 17 minutes when Alex Davidson stabbed home after the Steelmen failed to clear a corner.

And the lead was doubled 16 minutes later when Tom Corner got a touch on Michael Duckworth’s cross and the ball found its way in with the aid of the post.

Corby were better after the break and Nat Wedderburn and Paul Malone both missed chances before they did pull a goal back with nine minutes to go when Ryan Semple fired home after good work down the left by Tom McGowan.

Marc Manga saw a shot saved by John Lamb shortly after coming on as a substitute but Corby were unable to find another goal.

The defeat means Corby are now just six points clear of the relegation places in the Blue Square Bet North after Colwyn Bay claimed a 1-1 draw at Altrincham.

The Steelmen host Bishop’s Stortford at Steel Park on Wednesday night before they travel to Colwyn Bay for a crucial bottom-of-the-table clash next weekend.

Bradford PA: Lamb, Duckworth, Drury, Marshall, Knowles, Clayton (sub Price, 46 mins), Davidson, Hotte, Corner (sub Savory, 80 mins), Holland (sub James, 75 mins), Walker. Subs not used: Jackson, Hume.

Steelmen: Walker; Ives (sub Manga, 84 mins), Crowe, Malone, Galinski, McGowan, Semple, Wedderburn, Ivey-Ward (sub Vieira, 59 mins), Bryan (sub Webb, 59 mins), Kaziboni. Subs not used: Richardson, Harrison.

Referee: R Metcalfe.

Goals: Davidson (17 mins, 1-0), Corner (31 mins, 2-0), Semple (81 mins, 2-1).

Booking: Ives (foul).

Attendance: 285.