Ten-man Corby Town held on to make it two wins out of two at the start of the season as they claimed a 2-1 success at Dunstable Town.
The Steelmen fell behind after just 24 seconds but battled back with Greg Mills’ penalty and a second-half goal from captain Paul Malone securing back-to-back victories in the Southern League Premier Division.
As expected, boss Tommy Wright named an unchanged squad for the first away game of the season with Shane Byrne still awaiting international clearance before being able to feature for the Steelmen.
But things couldn’t have started much worse for Wright and his players as Dunstable took the lead after just 24 seconds through Chris Marsh.
However, the Steelmen did equalise before the break when they won a penalty for a foul and Mills stepped up to score from the spot, just as he did in the opening-day win over Hitchin Town.
And things got even better for Corby early in the second half. This time Mills was the provider as his corner was finished off by Malone.
It wasn’t plain sailing for the remainder of the game, however. Carvalho was shown a straight red towards the end and it needed a brilliant save from Paul Walker to preserve the victory.
But the Steelmen held on to secure a second win from as many games as they prepare for a trip to Cirencester Town on Saturday.
Steelmen: Walker, Thomas, Malone, Appleton, Kennedy, Malone, Appleton, Daramola, Mills, Milnes, Carvalho, May, Jackson. Subs: Hartley, Clarke, Weir-Daley, Crawford, Wright.
Don’t miss all the reaction to the Steelmen’s win and a preview of next weekend’s action in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph