Steelmen suffer FA Trophy blow

Corby Town were in FA Trophy action
Corby Town were in FA Trophy action

Corby Town bowed out of the FA Trophy after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Redditch United.

The Steelmen, who were unbeaten in seven matches before the knockout blow, were without their skipper Paul Malone and midfielder Shane Byrne, who are currently nursing injuries.

Within 13 minutes Redditch produced a slick passing move which ended with Ashley Sammons driving the ball across the face of the goal into the corner of the net.

Redditch physically defended their winning goal with a robust tackle that sent on the physio for Kalern Thomas and resulted in an ineffective corner from Corby.

During the first half Corby were good in the air but did not make use of their space on the wings whereas Redditch consistently got behind the Steelmen’s defence.

The rest of the first half was dominated by a midfield battle as Redditch overloaded the centre of the park with a back three, although Spencer Weir-Daley and Wilson Carvalho gambled with off-target long-range shots.

In a more eventful second half Redditch stole the thunder from Tommy Wright’s Steelman but Corby were lucky to emerge from the match without serious injury.

The first of six yellow cards came after an on-pitch brawl when Kalern Thomas was felled in a rash challenge after he broke forward towards the Redditch goal.

Corby did not create on-target shooting opportunities that could have produced an equaliser as the attackers failed to hold up the ball and the midfield was ineffective in supporting their strikers.

However from a set piece Ben Milnes produced a fine save from Redditch’s keeper to stop the ball curling into the top corner.

Paul Walker also kept Corby in the game with a decent save in the final ten minutes from a well-worked Redditch passing move.