Blue Square North - Saturday 19th September 2009

Report by Gary Owen

Corby boss Graham Drury was clearly delighted with this impressive win at the home of the league leaders.

"I think we showed good character today. We knew that the top ten were all playing each other, so it was important that we could try and get something here, today, and fortunately for us it was all three.

They kept very good possession in the first half, but we had to defend strongly and we had two good banks of four."

Droylsden showed good early intent with Shaun Whalley volleying wide in the opening seconds, but it was Corby who created more chances. Steve Diggin stung Craig Mawson's palms, before Joe Francis then went looking for the penalty after getting goal side of Lee Roche.

Hence, it was rather against the grain when Droylsden took the lead on 22 minutes. Roche crossed from the right, and the ball fell to Tony Gray, who beat the unsighted Mark Osborn from just inside the box.

The goal gave Droylsden some brief incentive, with Whalley forcing a save from the Corby stopper from a tight angle, before Stephen Towers forced a full stretch save from Mawson in the home goal.

Town's best chance for a leveller came on 58 minutes, when Francis pulled a shot wide with only Mawson to beat.

However, the equaliser duly arrived when a Droylsden attack broke down. Town stormed forward and Diggin turned Mike Byron inside-out before slotting past Mawson for deserved parity.

On Diggin's goal, Drury added "Digs is in fantastic form, and long may that run continue!"

Indeed, moments later, Diggin almost doubled his tally when benefitting from a Jason Lee flick, but Mawson got down well to his left to save.

Whalley went close for the hosts as both sides looked capable of scoring, and the visitors were gifted their goal when clever feet from Diggin forced a clear trip by Steve Halford. Substitute Leon Mettam duly converted the penalty, but Phillip Watt blotted the copybook by securing his second yellow when kicking the ball out of the ground in celebration.

Droylsden responded well through Steve Beck, who struck the bar from 22 yards, and in the dying moments, Alex Meechan rolled the ball agonisingly along the line, but no red shirt could convert.

In added time, Diggin chased a lost cause to cross for Mettam, whose effort went over from 4 yards.

Mettam reflected on his winner. "This is a great win. Droylsden have not been beaten at home this season and are flying at the top of the league, so this is a great result for us."

Bloods' boss, Dave Pace said that his side's performance was simply "not good enough."

"I've put a team together that is capable of winning the league. They are talented, but without hard work that means nothing."

He added "We were too complacent, especially at home, thinking it's a fortress but no-one gives you anything in this league. We should have taken that game by the scruff of the neck we have more in our pocket but I'm taking nothing away from Corby they deserve credit."

"The players have to take a long, hard look at themselves. Any of those eleven who play next Saturday will find themselves very lucky!"



Mawson, Roche, Brownhill, Byron, Halford, Sorvel, Beck, Brown A. (Lloyd, 66'), Gray (Banim, 76'), Brown P. (Meechan, 66'), Whalley

Subs not used: Cryan, Yeo

Corby Town:

Osborn, Watt, Mayo, Gulliver, Hope, Towers, Deeney (McGhee, 57'), Solkhon, Lee, Diggin, Francis (Mettam, 79')

Subs not used: Strachan, Turner, Stallard

REFEREE: Mr. P. Dunn (St. Helens, Merseyside)



Droylsden Tony Gray, 22'

Corby Town Stephen Diggin, 68' Leon Mettam (pen.), 82'

STAR MAN: Stephen Towers (Corby Town)


Click the play button to listen to Dave Pace's post-match interview with Channel M after Saturday's defeat at home to Corby

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