Six in a row as Steelmen go through

Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin
Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin
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Corby Town claimed their sixth win in a row at Steel Park as they beat Mickleover Sports 5-2 to book themselves a home date with Trafford in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.

The Steelmen were looking to finish the job after squandering leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the first meeting with the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South side last weekend.

Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin

And, despite falling behind early on, they ended up doing just that in fine style thanks to a fine second-half showing.

Joint-managers Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright handed first starts to ex-England international Lee Hendrie, Stuart Hendrie and Kalern Thomas after all three had made their debuts from the substitutes’ bench at Mickleover on Saturday.

But it was the visitors who struck first when Karl Demidh put them in front after 10 minutes. However, the Steelmen drew level seven minutes before half-time courtesy of Tom James.

And Corby went in front for the first time soon after the break when Tom Berwick was fouled in the area and the striker picked himself up to fire home from the penalty spot.

Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Corby Town's 5-2 success over Mickleover Sports. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Brad-Lee Gascoigne grabbed his first goal for the club to make it 3-1 and the contest was all-but ended when Nabil Shariff added a fourth.

Mickleover did pull one back through Nico Degirolamo but it was Shariff who had the final say as he rounded off another home win with the fifth goal.

It means Corby will take on Trafford, who play in the Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division, at Steel Park a week on Saturday as they bid to join the Skrill Premier sides in the fourth qualifying round.

In the meantime, they have a tough test awaiting them at the weekend as they chase their first away win of the season when they make the long trip to second-placed Bideford, who are unbeaten in the league, in the Calor League Premier Division on Saturday.

Find more Steelmen news in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph