Steelmen suffer at home again

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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Corby Town’s home woes continued in the Blue Square Bet North as they lost 4-2 to FC Halifax Town.

The Steelmen had designated the game Peter Mallinger Day to mark the first anniversary of their former chairman’s death.

But they were unable to grace the occasion with the performance everyone wanted as individual mistakes and poor play allowed in-form Halifax to take a comfortable win.

Leon Hibbert went close for the hosts early on but, from then on, the rest of the first half was largely dominated by Halifax with smart passing and movement that had Corby on the back foot.

The opening goal came on 16 minutes when Liam Needham’s clever pass put Lee Gregory in behind the Corby defence and his cross was finished off by Danny Holland.

Hibbert went close again for Corby soon after before Halifax got a crucial second goal two minutes before half-time.

Chris Mackenzie came for, but missed, Danny Lowe’s cross and Holland had simple task to score his second.

The Steelmen improved after the break and Matt Rhead finally tested Halifax keeper Simon Eastwood.

And Corby were back in it on 72 minutes when substitute Lee Beeson scored his first goal for the club.

But within two minutes, Halifax restored their two-goal lead through James Dean’s glancing header.

Substitute Jason St Juste got the fourth on 83 minutes when he was allowed to run unchallenged from inside his own half to inside the Corby area before beating Mackenzie with a low shot.

Corby pulled another back late on when Beeson’s cross was volleyed home by another substitute, Jordan Smith.

But by then, the points were in the bag for Halifax.

Corby: Mackenzie; Hall, Malone, Gordon, McDonald; Hibbert (sub Spruce, 64 mins), Towers, Ozmen; Jones (sub Beeson, 56 mins), Rhead (sub Smith, 56 mins), Mullarkey. Subs not used: Tarry, Mayo.

FC Halifax: Eastwood; Ashworth, Hogan, Lowe, McManus; Baker (sub Toulson, 78 mins), Needham, Garner (sub St Juste, 63 mins); Dean, Holland (sub Foster, 84 mins), Gregory. Subs not used: Hardie, Senior.

Referee: Anthony Horton.

Goals: Holland (16 mins, 0-1), Holland (43 mins, 0-2), Beeson (72 mins, 1-2), Dean (74 mins, 1-3), St Juste (83 mins, 1-4), Smith (88 mins, 2-4).

Attendance: 739.