Steelmen take a point at Cambridge

Ben Milnes grabbed his first goal for Corby Town in the 2-2 draw at Cambridge City
Ben Milnes grabbed his first goal for Corby Town in the 2-2 draw at Cambridge City

Corby Town hit back from their weekend defeat at Hungerford Town with a 2-2 draw at Cambridge City in the Southern League Premier Division.

Having fallen behind early on, the Steelmen battled back to lead through Paul Malone and Ben Milnes, only for Cambridge to level before half-time.

Boss Tommy Wright made three changes to the starting line-up in the wake of the 3-0 defeat at Hungerford, one of them being to bring himself into the team.

Youngsters Connor Kennedy and Curtis Hartley were also given the nod with Lewis Jackson, Kalern Thomas and Harry May dropping to the bench.

But the Steelmen got off to a bad start as they fell behind early on when Danny Kelly cut inside from the right and fired past Paul Walker.

However, Corby wasted little time in responding and they were level when captain Malone headed home from a corner.

It got even better for the Steelmen when they took the lead courtesy of Milnes’ first goal for the club when he hammered home after good work from Shane Byrne.

Wright was out of luck as he superb overhead-kick was ruled out for offside and Cambridge took advantage of that as they levelled before the break when Josh Dawkin poked home.

There were no further goals after the break, although Milnes fired just wide, Spencer Weir-Daley shot over and Edi Appleton was off target with a header from a corner.

And the Steelmen were forced to see out the latter stages with just 10 men when Akin Daramola was shown a straight red card after a challenge on Michael King.

But they claimed a point and can now look forward to a break from the league action as they gear up to take on Norton United in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Steel Park on Saturday.

Steelmen: Walker, Kennedy, Hartley, Malone, Appleton, Daramola, Milnes, Byrne, Wright, Weir-Daley, Taylor. Subs: Thomas, Clarke, Jackson, May, Mills.

Goals: Kelly (1 min, 1-0), Malone (6 mins, 1-1), Milnes (13 mins, 1-2), Dawkin (38 mins, 2-2).

Attendance: 269.