Mullarkey earns Steelmen another away win

FC Halifax Town v Corby Town'Paul Holden and Graham Drury
FC Halifax Town v Corby Town'Paul Holden and Graham Drury
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Sam Mullarkey struck a late winner to give Corby Town a 2-1 win at Blyth Spartans and maintain their excellent away form in the Blue Square Bet North.

Both sides struggled to adapt to the swirling wind early on and efforts on goal were rare.

Wayne Phillips and Max Harrop both fired over from distance for Spartans while Paul Malone headed narrowly over from Andy Hall’s cross on 19 minutes.

Phil Cave and Glen Taylor also tried their luck from range for Blyth inside the opening half-hour but neither effort troubled Chris Mackenzie.

Nevertheless, the hosts began to have the better of it as the first half wore on and Corby were grateful to Phil Gulliver for a fine block to keep out a Shaun Utterson effort, while a superb volley from Harrop went just wide.

But then on the stroke of half-time, Corby went in front when Jordan Smith’s cross was swept home by Mark Jones.

And the Steelmen had a great chance to go two-up at the start of the second half when Mullarkey put James Ozmen through, but his attempted pass to Hall was cut out by the keeper.

Blyth then had a great chance to equalise on 55 minutes but Taylor was denied by a fine reaction save from Mackenzie.

Moments later, Phillips flashed a shot across the goal that neither Armstrong or Taylor could get a touch to.

However, a deserved equaliser did come for the hosts on 59 minutes when Harrop unleashed superb strike from 25 yards straight into the top corner that gave Mackenzie no chance.

Malone almost regained the lead for Corby on 69 minutes when his header hit the post and Hall was unable to get to the rebound.

Going into the final 15 minutes, both sides sensed the chance to win it.

And on 83 minutes, Mullarkey did just that for Corby as Blyth’s defence left him all alone in the area and he beat the keeper with a low finish.

Blyth: Birdsall; Groves (sub Slaughter, 68 mins), Buchanan, Mellish, Cave; Utterson, Hooks, Harrop, Phillips; Armstrong (sub Mole 69 mins), Taylor. Subs not used: Hodgson, Richardson, Hunter.

Corby: Mackenzie; Gordon, Gulliver, Malone, Mayo; Hall (sub Bexfield, 90 mins), Ozmen (sub Farden, 79 mins), Towers, M Jones; Smith, Mullarkey. Subs not used: McDonald, R Jones.

Referee: Iain Turner.

Goals: M Jones (45 mins, 0-1), Harrop (59 mins, 1-1), Mullarkey (83 mins, 1-2).

Attendance: 305.