After the disappointing defeat to struggling Brackley the previous weekend, The Lambs had a quick chance to turn things around at Steel Park against former Tamworth striker Tommy Wright’s bottom club, Corby. Boss Andy Morrell made two changes to the starting eleven that have Brackley with Fox and Mettam starting in the place of the two substitutes from the previous game, Smith and Taylor. For the opposition, former Lamb Duane Courtney lined up for the Steelmen.
After a minutes applause, the Lambs got the game underway and went on the attack but on 6 minutes Mills opened the scoring with a deflection past Belshaw into the near corner after The Lambs defence failed to deal with a throw in from Courtney that Taylor shot into the path of Mills. (0-1, 6 mins) Tamworth forced a corner on 10 and Deeney but they couldn’t forge a chance from Green’s backheeled flick on. Taylor went through the Lambs back line to get a shot away at Belshaw’s near post on 15 and it took a double stop by the keeper to halt the home side’s push forwards. Deeney tried a long range effort that Donkin that the keeper took fairly easily, and then Newton was forced to head a dangerous Corby corner away from danger on 21, but the home side kept up the pressure and Hicks struck from 20 yards a few yards over the target. A freekick from Durrell on 34 was met well by Mettam’s head but the ball struck the far right had post and was cleared away. Tomassen then picked up a booking for holding a Corby midfielder in the centre of the pitch on 35 and from the ensuing play, Taylor threaded the ball through the Lambs back line for Appleton to slide it at the far post (0-2, 35 mins) It was nearly three on 40 but Courtney's header from Mill’s cross struck the top corner of Belshaw's woodwork. Green struck a shot from the edge of the area on 41 that took a deflection for a corner which Corby countered from and forced a flag kick off their own which came to nothing. Fox floated a freekick from a good position in the right channel over the bar on 44 and one minute added time was played at the end of the half.
HT: Corby Town 20 Tamworth
Corby restarted proceedings, with The Lambs attacking the James Ashworth VC Memorial Stand in the second half. Durrell sent the ball long for Green on 50 and the midfielder tried to flick it through to Mettam in the box but it took a slight deflection and ran away from the striker allowing Donkin to smother it. When Thomas robbed Durrell outside Donkin’s area on 53 he sprinted forward and fed Mills, but the ball into the box was cut out by Burns and the resultant corner too long to threaten Belshaw. Belshaw then punched a freekick clear before the first change of the afternoon. Milnes fed the all through the Lambs back line on 60 for Mills and his shot across the face of goal went out just past the far left post and he just failed to beat the offside trap and make a run at goal 25 yards out, a minute later. Dyer replaced Newton on 63 and Hicks was booked for a late challenge on Tomassen two minutes later. Hicks then picked up another booking on 69, after pushing Deeney in the back, to earn himself a red card and leave Corby a man short for the remaining 20 minutes. Belshaw dropped low to deny a driven shot from substitute Robbins on 85 and he repeated the feat a minute later, parrying a floated shot from the same player over the bar for another corner. Durrell struck for goal from 25 yards on 88 forcing Donkin into a low save, but it was all the La s could muster despite our minutes of added time.
Belshaw, Burns (Mouton 69), Fox (Taylor 82), Deeney, Tomassen, Preston, Durrell, Green, Newton (Dyer 63), Mettam, Strong Subs: Pace, Smith