A controversial penalty converted by Stefan Cooke gave Corby Town a point to extend their unbeaten run to 5 games at the Weaver Stadium against Nantwich, who took the lead a couple of minutes before half-time through Matt Bell.
Nantwich made 2 changes from their 3-1 win on Tuesday night against 1874 Northwich in the Cheshire Senior Cup with Matt Bell replacing Sean Cooke just off the front man with Tom Peers coming in for Oscar Durnin with Ryan Brooke playing from the right wing whilst Corby are unchanged from their 1-0 Northern Premier League win at Mickleover last Saturday.
In the 4th minute, Wayne Riley’s volley from the edge of the area went wide as he went for the spectacular effort. After a couple of strange bookings for Nantwich’s Joe Mwasile and Corby’s Jordan Crawford, there was an early substitution for the visitors as Miles Smith was replaced by Jamie Anton due to an injury.
Midway through the half, Matt Bell’s strong challenge on Connor Kennedy saw a throw-in given rather than a free-kick that the visitors were after before Ben Harrison intercepted the ball on the half-way line with his shot going well wide from 30 yards out. With 10 minutes of the first half left, former Premier League player Stefan Moore hit the post with a left-footed effort from just inside the area.
On 42 minutes, Corby centre-back Aaron Brown drew a fantastic save from Daniel Gyollai diving away to his left which was heading for the top corner. From the resulting corner, it was cleared out to Andy White whose long ball down the line towards Mwasile was controlled by Courtney Wildin with the Dabbers winger stealing the ball off the left back before rounding the keeper and finding Bell who finished from just outside the 6-yard box against the run of play.
Wayne Riley was booked a few minutes into the second half before Brooke heading the ball into the net, only problem was that Aidan Grant had the ball in his hands at the time. Into the 63rd minute which saw a corner from the Corby left which was swung into the back post to captain Phil Trainer which was turned onto the bar by Moore with sub Steven Leslie hooking it towards the goal from a tight angle against Riley – it looked like it hit him on the head from my angle behind the home bench but the linesman on the far side gave the penalty as Riley’s hand was in the air at the time. Moore tucked the penalty home sending Gyollai the wrong way.
The final change for Corby saw Moore replaced by Giuseppe Iaciofano with 20 minutes to go whilst Kennedy could have been sent off for a two-footed lunge on Mwasile, with the midfielder only booked. The final effort saw Bell have a long shot from outside the area that just beat the far post in stoppage time.
Both teams are back in action with away trips in the league next Saturday with Nantwich travelling to Hednesford Town whilst Corby travel to Blyth Spartans, both are 3pm kick-offs.
Nantwich (4-2-3-1): Gyollai; J.Stair, Harrison, C.Jones, White; Hall (c), Riley; Brooke (Cotterill 77), Bell, Mwasile; Peers
Booked: Mwasile 11, Riley 48, Bell 85
Corby (4-4-1-1): Grant; Miles (Anton 17), Brown, Lee, Wildin; Crawford (Leslie 62), D.Bell, Milnes, Kennedy; Trainer (c); Moore (Iaciofano 70)
Booked: Crawford 13, Kennedy 76