Hosts Show Their Steel To Outgun Tulips
Despite taking the lead, the Tulips could not hang on and suffered their eighth defeat on the bounce at Corby Town...
An early goal – the best of the day – and a promising first-half display, and all looked good for the Tulips at Steel Park on Saturday as they took on high-flying Corby Town.
But they were undone in the second-half, largely by a couple of lively and tricky Corby out-runners who, with some regularity, ‘nutmegged’ their markers and created the openings for eager strike partners to take full advantage and inflict an EIGHTH successive league defeat on their beleaguered visitors.
Corby could have had a fourth goal but Leon Lobjoit’s penalty during five minutes of added time, grazed the outside of a post .
The Tulips opened the game superbly and were within a fraction of taking a fifth minute lead with Ellis Humble’s header following a sweeping right side movement involving Jordan Neil, was palmed to safety by ‘keeper Sam Wilson.
Corby replied strongly, winning a couple of successive corner kicks – both competently cleared to provide the Tulips with another promising attack. This time only a last ditch tackle denied Ben Davison when insight of goal.
But the towering front man was not to be denied as the 15th minute saw him launch himself into orbit to connect with Lee Beason’s ‘bending’ cross and beat ‘keeper Wilson with a fearsome headed strike.
However, it took the Steelmen just seven minutes to level the scores with a break and finish not dissimilar to the Beeson/Davison movement with Ben Bradshaw providing the vital finish.
Corby stepped up the pressure after the interval with their attacks from the wings becoming ever more frequent and telling. Tulips’ ’keeper Michael Duggan comfortably saved Steven Leslie’s header, but he was soundly beaten on 57 minutes when Cameron Healey homed in on Visan-Vasile Cretu’s telling cross from the right side to put his side into the lead.
As the pressure continued the Tulips were thankful for the efforts of their man-of-the-match centreback Neal Spafford who constantly ended home team attacks and also cleared one effort from the line. To their credit the Tulips battled gamely but created few scoring opportunities. Their best chance came in the closing stages but Jonny Lockie, who had bagged a hat-trick for the Under-21 team in their top of the table hammering of Boston Town a few days earlier, fluffed his lines at the crucial stage.
Tulips: Michael Duggan, Jack Fixter, Adam Jackson, Conor Marshall (Layton Maddison, 73 mins), Ellis Humble, Neal Spafford, Cenk Acar (George Couzens, 72 mins), Lee Beeson, Gary King (Jonny Lockie, 66 mins), Ben Davison, Jordan Neil. Sub (not used): Alex Smith
Tulips Man-of-the-Match: Neal Spafford