Oustanding comeback secures all three points
Loughborough Dynamo proved the old cliché that football really is a ‘game of two halves’, after coming back from 3-0 down to secure a 4-3 home win against Corby Town.
Non-existent marking from set-pieces had gifted Corby a 3-0 lead by the 41st minute, as both centre backs – Paul Malone, twice and Lee Jason – were left unmarked from corner kicks to head Corby into a commanding lead.
Although Dynamo managed to get a goal back through Paolo Piliero’s close range finish in first half stoppage time, the game looked as good as over after the first 45 minutes.
But after being second best in all departments throughout the first half, the home side dominated after the break, and well taken goals from Piliero, Alistair Smith and Luke Smithson completed a memorable comeback victory.
The game was just two minutes old when a long ball over the top allowed Corby striker Lewis Irwin to run unopposed at William Jaaskelainen. However, the striker inexplicably delayed his shot for long enough to allow the back tracking defence to pressure him into hitting a weak effort straight at the Dynamo goalkeeper.
Rather than heed the warning, the home side also got themselves in a mess defensively in the tenth minute. But Corby were guilty of taking too much time to get their shot away, allowing new Dynamo signing Ryley Thompson to deny striker Philip Tranier with a last ditch challenge.
Corby did not have to wait long for their opening goal though. A good cross to the back post from midfielder Lee Beeson was met by the head of centre back Malone, who gave Jaaskelainen no chance from just 3 yards out, with 17 minutes on the clock.
With Dynamo clearly frustrated as they failed to produce any kind of threat going forward, Corby took advantage, scoring twice more from set pieces as the first half wore on.
In the 27th minute, another Besson set piece allowed Malone to head in his second goal as he again left his marker behind to finish unchallenged from six yards out.
Captain Lee Jason then got in on the act, meeting another Besson corner to head the away side into a three-nil lead and complete control of the match after 41 minutes.
Dynamo did get a goal back with just their second shot of the game in first half stoppage time, as Paolo Piliero tapped in from six yards out following good work from Luke Thorogood on the right. But the goal appeared to be little more than a consolation, so dominant had Corby been in the first period.
Whatever Dynamo manager Pete Ward said at the interval appeared to have worked wonders as the home side came out after the break with real impetus, and they reduced the deficit just one minute after the restart through a wonderful finish from Piliero from the corner of the penalty area.
With Corby now struggling to contain the pace and accuracy of the home side’s passing, Dynamo were level after 53 minutes. A wonderful passing move, which started at the edge of their own penalty area was finished confidently by Smith having been teed up by Smithson.
All of the momentum was now with the home side and the NSG faithful were sent into raptures in the 59th minute as Dynamo took the lead. A wonderful cross field pass from captain Ash Hodgkinson sent Smithson racing clear. The winger kept his head to round the goalkeeper and finish from a tight angle.
Corby threw on all three substitutes in an effort to get back into the game, but failed to create any clear cut chances as the home side looked happy to defend their lead and claim a well-deserved three points.