Steelmen march on in the FA Cup

Chris Plummer
Chris Plummer

Corby Town are on the march in the FA Cup again.

For the second season in a row, the Steelmen saw off Histon in a replay, this time by a 2-1 scoreline, at Steel Park to book themselves a home fourth qualifying round clash with Ryman League Premier Division outfit Hendon a week on Saturday.

One more win separates Corby from a place alongside the Football League clubs in the first round proper for the third successive season and the replay success over their Blue Square Bet North rivals also earned them a cool £7,500.

And they were well worth it.

Throughout the 90 minutes they played the better football, created the best chances and could also afford to miss one, or technically two, penalties along the way.

They were, however, forced to hang on towards the end after Stefan Galinski saw red for a professional foul with Histon pulling a goal back from the resulting free-kick.

But the hosts, led by a towering display from Paul Malone, showed plenty of fight to see the job through and book themselves a big opportunity to make it into the first round again.

Steelmen boss Chris Plummer made one change to his starting line-up from the 1-1 draw in Cambridgeshire as Ryan Semple made a welcome return following a hamstring injury in place of Greg Kaziboni.

It was a cagey opening period with neither side able to take a firm grip on the game but the first good chance fell to the hosts when Malone got on the end of Sam Ives’ free-kick but could only head wide of the target.

Corby continued to look the more likely to break the deadlock in what was a scrappy affair in the first half but Pierrick Briand snatched at a shot and sent it wide while Josh Moreman saw a header scrambled off the line.

And a goal finally arrived on the stroke of half-time when Remi Clerima was adjudged to have pushed Avelino Vieira as a cross was sent over.

Josh Moreman stepped up to take the penalty and his effort from 12 yards was saved by Joe Melling but Moreman retained his composure to stroke home the rebound.

Histon started the second half brightly enough but the Steelmen were handed a golden opportunity to double their lead when Vieira was hauled down by Clerima after he had gone round Melling.

Moreman again took responsibility from the penalty spot but he got it horribly wrong and dragged his attempt wide.

But it took Corby just 10 minutes to get over that disappointment and Moreman more than made amends.

His driving run on the right side of the area ended with a low cross. Vieira went in for it, the ball popped up and Semple was there to smash it home.

It was all looking so good at that point but the game changed in the blink of an eye in the final 10 minutes.

Tom McGowan was denied a third by a fine save from Melling but Histon immediately broke and Stefan Galinski brought down Adrian Sear as he attempted to race clear.

Referee Anthony Coggins correctly showed the red card to the Derby loan man and, to make matters worse, Claudio Hoban stepped up and curled home a delightful free-kick.

It meant a desperate defensive effort for the final 10 minutes but Corby headed and kicked everything in sight and held on for a place in the next round.

Steelmen (4-3-3): Walker; Briand, Malone, Galinski, Crowe (sub Fox, 66 mins); Ives, Wedderburn, McGowan; Semple (sub McKenzie, 70 mins), Vieira, Moreman (sub Webb, 84 mins). Subs not used: Richardson, Kaziboni.

Histon: (4-1-3-2): Melling; Dowie (sub Hawkins, 66 mins), Clerima, Mills, Fitzsimmons; Thompson; Sear, Stevenson, Pavett (sub Hoban, 66 mins); Otobo (sub Oln, h-t), Ivey-Ward. Subs not used: Ahmed, Napier, Plummer, Da Costa.

Referee: Anthony Coggins.

Goals: Moreman (44 mins, 1-0), Semple (64 mins, 2-0), Hoban (84 mins, 2-1).

Booking: Fitzsimmons, Wedderburn (both fouls), .

Sending-off: Galinski (professional foul).

Attendance: 510.