Carter Strike Condemns Steelmen
Skipper Ashley Carter's 67th minute header condemns Corby to a sixth successive defeat and puts Church right back in the mix.
Church gained revenge for a poor performance at Corby back in October and in the process got their promotion push back on track. The three points, coupled with defeats for Bedworth and Frickley, who both sat above Church in the morning Evostik table, it turned out to be a good weekend at the end of an eventful week where two away draws had temporarily stalled Church’s quest for the top two.
Early pressure from the start saw Church on the front foot, and after only two minutes an Ashmore ball into the box found March wrongly on target, forcing keeper Wilson to beat the ball away with a good save. Five minutes later, another effort for March, but this time his shot from a tight angle flew across the face of Wilson’s goal and wide of the far post.
18 minutes on the clock and a free kick from deep in the Church half, and Carter and a looping header from Lloyd was inches wide of the post with Wilson just hoping.
Good approach work from Church throughout, but just the decisive break in front of goal missing.
On 21 minutes a Turton corner is met by Parsons, and his first time shot is blocked by bodies from point blank range, and the Corby goal survives again.
And it took until the 27th minute for Corby’s first serious effort on the Church goal after Warburton had worked the ball inside, and Bettles fired a shot from the edge of the box, but Price is well behind it. A similar effort follows soon after, with a turn and shot from Gardner, but again it is more comfortable than it should be for Price.
A goalless first half, but Church are once again expected to come strong in the second.
Nine minutes in, a good run from Ceesay sets up Yates and the letter arrows a shot just wide of the far post. It’s still Church with the lion’s share of the possession in this second period, and just after the hour mark a Church free kick releases Lloyd with a sight of goal, and his shot is deflected into the side netting by a sliding block tackle from Anton. From the ensuing corner March flashes a header wide.
It’s only a respite however, as from the next corner Church find the breakthrough. A long ball upfield, and backpedalling, Malone is forced to head behind. Turton’s corner is met by the head of Carter who arrows the ball into the top corner with power to put Church ahead.
A scare for Church on 70 when a Corby corner bounces around the Church box, before two defensive blocks with players putting their bodies on the line to keep the visitors at bay before an infringement is called by the referee.
But a well deserved three points for the side that showed more ambition and desire to win the game, even after the first goal had gone in.