Corby Town’s joint-managers Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright suffered their first defeat since taking charge as the Steelmen ended with nine men in a 3-1 defeat at Banbury United in the Calor League Premier Division.
The hosts also had Wayne Blossom sent off in the first half when they were already 1-0 up but they went on to secure victory after Wright had grabbed his first goal for Corby when he brought them level after half-time.
But a miserable night for the Steelmen was compounded when Tom Ingram and Josh Moreman both saw red after Banbury had grabbed their third goal.
The only change to the Corby line-up saw Claudio Dias come in for captain Gareth Jelleyman who has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a broken jaw, which he suffered in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup success over Barwell.
The Steelmen found themselves a goal down after 16 minutes when Leon Simpson fired home a low drive from the edge of the area.
But the game changed later in the first half when the home side’s Blossom was shown a straight red card for a challenge.
Banbury held their lead until half-time but the Steelmen did grab the equaliser when Wright struck.
However, Kynan Isaacs put Banbury back in front from a narrow angle and the hosts completed their victory when Isaacs avoided a challenge from Ingram and squared for Anderson Pinto to score the third.
Ingram was shown a second yellow and subsequent red card following that foul in the build-up to the third goal and it got worse when Moreman was also sent off late on.
The Steelmen will be looking to bounce back when they chase a fifth home win in a row against Chesham United at Steel Park on Saturday.
Steelmen line-up: Walker, Ingram, James, Malone, Gascoigne, Carruthers, Berwick, Ives, Wright, Dias, Moreman. Subs: Arber, Ehui, Moyo, Shariff, Vieira.
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