Everyone back to Corby..
15 December 2012
For the visit of Blue Square North side Corby Town, Marcus Law made two changes to the side that suffered defeat at Grimsby seven days previously.
Tony Breeden returned to the starting eleven while James Severn took a place on the bench, and Adam Cunnington sat out of the line up after recovering from illness and Peter Till took his place.
Prior to kick off the two teams exchanged handshakes on the opposite side of the pitch to normal, giving The Shed a close up of the sides before The Lambs got the game underway kicking towards the Castle End.
While The Lambs lined up with squad numbers, Corby gave the crowd a reminder of the ‘old days' with 1 through eleven in their ‘respective positions' on the field.
Corby won the first corner of the tie on 6 and Breeden got his first touch of the ball since Cambridge away, five games previously, and the visiting fans made their presence known.
Ives made a jinking run into the Lambs box on 12 and Oji had to be quick to deny his shot from a yard or so outside of the left hand post, allowing Breeden to boot the ball away from danger and alleviate the pressure.
the Steelmen kept up their pressure and Oji was forced to clear away for a corner which came to nothing and the linesman's flag halted play.
Semple crossed from the right on 19 looking for the head of Vieira but Breeden stretched highest to collect.
There was little to report for the following few minutes as both sides struggled to get a grip on proceedings, but The Shed were in fine voice even if the final balls through for both sides were occasionally lacking.
Till tried to thread the ball through for Kelly down the left on 28 but keeper Walker was quickest to the loose ball, sliding out and smothering the ball, preventing the need for the offside call to be made in the process.
On 31, Breeden came out of his area and booted the ball down field for Wright who controlled, turned and hit a low shot at goal but it failed to trouble Walker who gathered the shot a yard off his line.
As the temperature dropped and at the other end on 34, Vieira spotted a gap and shot from 18 yards forcing Breeden to make a low stop and earn himself a round of applause.
On 37, Kelly was unlucky not to capitalise on a possible error by the visiting defence and keeper but Walker recovered as the Lambs midfielder bore down into the box and ultimately, past the Corby custodian.
As the end of the half came into view, Ives cut into the box and had the ball nipped off his toes by the Tamworth defence while Breeden was forced to leave his area and slide through and boot the ball out of the path of Moreman as the Corby wingman advanced down the left.
One minute added time was shown at the end of the half and Corby won a corner on the left which Courtney headed away from danger before the whistle blew and the ‘natives showed their restlessness' as the players left the field.
Marcus Law made two changes at half time and changed the formation accordingly to 4-3-3 which definitely got the approval of the home faithful and Corby kicked off the second period.
A Cunnington dink over the Corby back four allowed Wright to run through on 48 but the visiting defence were quick to close him down.
The Lambs appeared hungrier now and Hendrie tried to place a shot into the far corner but found Walker in his way and won a corner instead.
Nothing came from the flag kick and Webb forced Breeden to defend his near post from a driven effort on 52 but The Lambs soon had the ball at the other end when Cunnington unleashed Courtney down the right and his ball to Hendrie just failed to be controlled by the midfielder as he entered the box.
For the second time in the second half Malone got his head onto Peter Till's right wing cross which was aimed for Cunnington just a few feet behind the Corby defender and the visitors escaped but only for a few minutes as on 60 Wright stabbed home from close range after Tills ball in was deflected slightly and left Walker unable to prevent the goal hitting the back of the net. It was Wright's fourth of the campaign and first since Woking (A) at the end of September.
Vieira may have been awarded a penalty in another game but the referee waved away his shouts for a foul against him as he advanced down the left channel of the penalty area on 65.
Corby won a corner on 68 and Malone headed back into the area but a high boot caught Kerry and play was stopped for a short while.
Play switched to the other end and Wright cut the ball back looking for Cunnington but the Corby defence cleared and when Hughes slipped as Cunningto looked to flick a header on, Kelly threaded the ball through to Till who in turn shot for goal from the right, but Walker stood strong and parried his shot away.
On 72, The Steelmen made their first change and Kaziboni immediately gave his side options but his ball into the box for Ives or Vieira found his team mates offside and ended a good move.
Till and Wright combined again on 75 but the latter's shot was blocked and he couldn't get the rebound acrobatically on target.
Baldock created some havoc in the Corby area as the clock ticked round to ten to go meanwhile Kaziboni won a corner with a deflected shot on 81 and from the flag kick another corner was awarded via a defensive header. The second flag kick was dangerous but ultimately cleared, as was a long ball forward by the same player in the next move.
Corby pushed forwards as the game went into its final stages and Corby won a corner after Breeden denied McGowan with a low block at his near (left) post.
Kaziboni worked his way through and won a corner which Hughes headed inside the far post with a glancing effort from the front of the box. (1-1, 90 mins)
With the game well into the three added minutes Cunnington saw his shot blocked following a long throw and Corby booted it away for a left sided corner which Oji got his head to, but was unable to test Walker and took a knock which required treatment before play could recommence but the final whistle blew and a replay was the required outcome.
Tony BREEDEN (GK), Marcus KELLY, George BALDOCK, Matthew REGAN (Adam CUNNINGTON HT), Tom MARSHALL, Tommy WRIGHT (capt.), Lloyd KERRY (Scott BARROW 90), Duane COURTNEY, Peter TILL, Sam OJI, Adriano MOKE (Lee HENDRIE HT)
Subs: James SEVERN (GK), Charlie COLLINS
Corby Town Team:
Paul WALKER (GK), Nathan HORNE, Jason CROWE (capt) (Tom McGOWAN 77), Paul MALONE, Liam HUGHES, Lewis WEBB, Ryan SEMPLE (Greg KAZIBONI 72), Nat WEDDERBURN, Avelino VIEIRA, Sam IVES, Josh MOREMAN
Subs: (4 subs only) Liam RICHARDSON, Marc MANGA
Referee: Mr. P. Rees