YOU wait ages for one and then two come along at once.
Having not lost away at all for over six months in the Blue Square Bet North, Corby Town have done it twice in four days.
Rarely can they have beaten more comprehensively.
Chib Chilaka’s hat-trick was the best bit of an outstanding performance by Harrogate Town, who simply tore the Steelmen to shreds.
Given that they headed north with a threadbare squad and were only able to name four on the bench, the fact they lost was perhaps not surprising.
However, seven of the starting 11 have been in the team all season so they could not point to inexperience – and they had the first-choice back four.
Before this horror show, the Steelmen had won their previous four meetings with Harrogate.
But that statistic was blown away as the hosts scored five times before half-time to ensure their Corby hoodoo was well and truly lifted.
The blue touch paper for an astonishing first half was lit after five minutes when Fabian Speiss parried away Paul Brayson’s free-kick and then made a brilliant double-save to block follow-up efforts from Tom Platt and Richard Pell.
That was an early escape for the Steelmen and they had another soon after when Chib Chilaka headed wide when unmarked from a corner.
Speiss was then in action again to keep out a low Paul Bolland drive but it was not all one-way traffic.
Andy Hall fired one effort wide for Corby while home keeper Mark Cook had to make a fine save to keep out Steve Towers.
Something had to give and it was Corby who cracked on 14 minutes when Platt headed home a debut goal from a corner.
The Steelmen were only behind for two minutes though before Delroy Gordon headed them level from a corner thanks to the linesman who ruled the ball had just crossed the line.
Parity lasted all of a minute before a terrible mix-up at the back gifted Alex Meechan.
And Harrogate got their third on 19 minutes when Chilaka was given time and space to fire a low shot under Speiss.
Corby were stunned for a time but were back in it again on 27 minutes when Tyrone Amory produced a fine low finish for his first goal for the club.
But the Steelmen defence still looked shaky and they were breached again on 39 minutes when Chilaka showed strength and skill to beat three tackles before firing home.
Hall brought another good save out of Cook on 41 minutes before Bolland rounded off an amazing half with Harrogate’s fifth after Brayson’s shot was blocked.
Chilaka thought he had his hat-trick on 51 minutes when he fired home from Rob Youhill’s cross, but the offside flag cut short his celebrations.
But he did have his treble on 58 minutes when Jean-Sylvain Dossou fouled Bolland in the box.
Speiss superbly saved Chilaka’s penalty but the home striker followed up to bury the rebound.
If ever a moment summed up Corby’s evening, that was it and after that, it was a question of how many more for Harrogate.
In the end, it stayed at six although it was a close-run thing as Chilaka was only denied a fourth by his team-mate’s head while Alan White had one disallowed and Brayson was denied by another fine double-save from Speiss late on.