Super Steelmen storm back to the summit

Corby Town manager Tommy Wright
Corby Town manager Tommy Wright

Corby Town moved back to the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division following a dramatic day, which ended with them claiming a 3-1 victory at Bideford.

The Steelmen took the lead on the south-west coast through Wilson Carvalho but a delay of almost an hour followed after Bideford’s George Swain suffered a dislocated knee.

But Corby went on to seal a comfortable win while the news that Poole Town had lost 1-0 at Chippenham Town filtered through while the Steelmen were still playing.

It means that Tommy Wright’s men now hold a two-point lead at the summit heading into the Easter Monday derby at Histon.

Youngster Sam Donkin was handed his first league start for Corby in goal with Paul Walker serving a one-match ban while Spencer Weir-Daley started on the bench having returned from international duty.

The Steelmen went in front midway through the first half when Carvalho found the target.

But in the build-up to the goal Bideford’s Swain suffered a horrific injury, which turned out to be a dislocated knee.

The game was held up for an hour before an ambulance arrived but once it resumed, Corby doubled their lead.

Mills was brought down in the area as he shaped to shoot but he picked himself up to score from 12 yards.

Claudiu Hoban and Shane Byrne both had claims for penalties turned down before the break but it was 3-0 before half-time.

Mills took the ball round the home goalkeeper and passed it across goal where Carvalho was on hand to fire home.

Bideford’s hopes all-but disappeared in the second period when Stephen Reed saw red for bringing down Hoban when he was clean through on goal.

Substitute Curtis Hartley hit the post for the Steelmen but Bideford did pull a goal back through Kevin Squire late.

However, that was not enough to dampen the day for Corby as they made the long journey home back on top of the table.

They will be hoping to maintain that position on Monday afternoon when they make the short trip to Histon.

Steelmen: Donkin, Kennedy, Thomas, Gascoigne, N’Goma, Anton, Mills, Taylor, Hoban, Byrne, Carvalho. Subs: Morley, Hartley, Chamberlain, Weir-Daley, Wright.

Goals: Carvalho (22 mins, 0-1), Mills pen (35 mins, 0-2), Carvalho (40 mins, 0-3), Squire (85 mins, 1-3).

Attendance: 276.