Steelmen suffer rare away defeat

FC Halifax Town v Corby Town'Paul Holden and Graham Drury
FC Halifax Town v Corby Town'Paul Holden and Graham Drury

Corby Town saw their long unbeaten away run in the Blue Square Bet North come to an end as they lost 2-0 at Nuneaton Town.

The hosts needed only nine minutes to undo the Steelmen defence as a delightful pass from Andy Brown put defender Guy Hadland in to prod the ball past debutant keeper Fabian Speiss.

The young German, on loan from Notts County, then made two good saves to deny Nuneaton’s top scorer Danny Glover.

But there was nothing he could do to prevent Adam Walker making it 2-0 on 28 minutes with a deft finish from Wesley York’s pass.

The Steelmen offered little in attack in the first half aside of an early shot wide from Andy Hall and a rising drive from Gary King just before the break.

Straight after the restart, Speiss made a fine save to keep out Walker’s shot that went through Paul Malone’s legs.

Thereafter, Nuneaton continued to look the more likely to score but the Steelmen worked hard in midfield to stay in touch.

And they should have been back in it on 64 minutes but Jordan Smith blazed over from King’s pull-back.

Speiss continued to impress, keeping out shots from both Glover on 68 minutes and Neil Cartwright on 79.

But the second-half clean sheet was only a token plus point for the Steelmen as Nuneaton were worthy winners.

Nuneaton: Collett; Cartwright, Dean, Hadland, Forsdick; York (sub Moore, 82 mins), Noon, Walker, Mills; Glover (sub Barnes-Homer, 76 mins), Brown (sub Mitchley, 87 mins). Subs not used: Albrighton, Armson.

Corby: Speiss; Gordon, Gulliver, Malone, Mayo; Hall (sub Louis, 62 mins), Dossou, Towers, Amory (sub Ozmen, 62 mins); King (sub Bolt, 82 mins), Smith: Subs not used: Farden, McGowan.

Referee: Steven Plane.

Goals: Hadland (9 mins, 1-0), Walker (28 mins, 2-0).

Attendance: 775.