Impressive Steelmen claim first home win of the season

Corby Town FC: Corby: new management team announced. 'L-r New assistant manager Chris Plummer , Kevin Ingram (owner/chairman),  new manager Ian Sampson 'Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Corby Town FC: Corby: new management team announced. 'L-r New assistant manager Chris Plummer , Kevin Ingram (owner/chairman), new manager Ian Sampson 'Tuesday 22nd May 2012

The fortunes may just be turning around for Corby Town after they picked up a second successive victory.

After a week that saw Chris Plummer installed as the new permanent manager after he led the Steelmen to their first success of the Blue Square Bet North season last weekend, the Corby players again responded as they beat Colwyn Bay 3-1 at Steel Park.

The Steelmen, to be honest, looked a different team to the one that had suffered five successive defeats at the start of the season.

They looked confident going forward and, with the arrival of loan defender Stefan Galinski, looked a lot more secure at the back.

And they showed a bit of character as well as they fought back from a goal down having gone behind midway into the first half.

Plummer picked an unchanged team following the win at Workington last weekend as Leon McKenzie returned to the bench.

The opening stages were even with Ryan Semple shooting wide for the hosts early on while, at the other end, Paul Walker palmed away Sean Williams’ shot and got up quickly to gather the ball with two Colwyn forwards closing in.

But it was the visitors who broke the deadlock on 23 minutes when Paul Malone was harshly adjudged to have brought down Gareth Evans.

And Mathew Berkeley stepped up and sent Walker to wrong way from 12 yards.

But Corby responded within four minutes when Semple’s fine cross from the right was met by Josh Moreman.

His volley came back off the far post but he followed in to finish it off with visiting goalkeeper Chris Sanna well beaten.

The Steelmen had the better of the remainder of the half with Sam Ives shooting over after he was teed up by Avelino Vieira and the latter was also denied before the break by Danny Meadowcroft’s last-ditch tackle.

Malone had a header well held by Sanna early in the second half but the game remained even until the Steelmen took the lead with 20 minutes to go.

Pierrick Briand’s cross to the far post was gathered by Tom McGowan.

He chipped it back across goal, substitute McKenzie flicked it on and Semple couldn’t miss from a couple of yards as he grabbed his goal in Corby colours.

Almost immediately, former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair glanced a header wide from a corner.

But Corby held firm and then, in the final minute, they finished the game off as McKenzie out-muscled Sinclair and raced away before slotting past Sanna.

It was thoroughly deserved as well. The Steelmen may have just turned the corner.

Steelmen (4-3-3): Walker; Briand, Malone, Galinski, Crowe; McGowan (sub Webb, 77 mins), Wedderburn, Ives; Semple, Vieira (sub McKenzie, 66 mins), Moreman (sub Kaziboni, 83 mins). Subs not used: Ingram, Miller.

Colwyn Bay (4-4-2): Sanna; Smyth (sub Lloyd, 64 mins), Meadowcroft, Sinclair, Denson; Evans, Mannix (sub Thomas, 82 mins), Williams, Lea; Hopley, Berkeley (sub Collins, 75 mins). Subs not used: Richardson, McKenna.

Referee: Wayne Porter.

Goals: Berkeley pen (23 mins, 0-1), Moreman (27 mins, 1-1), Semple (70 mins, 2-1), McKenzie (90 mins, 3-1).

Bookings: Berkeley (foul).

Attendance: 411.