Blues show lack of steel against Corby

PUBLISHED: 10:48 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010

Arlesey Town 0 Corby Town 1 MARCUS CRAWLEY reports A HOME defeat against another one of the teams vying for a play-off spot meant a bleak Saturday for the Blues. Scott Houghton s last-gasp penalty offered redemption but his kick was well saved by Corby cu

Arlesey Town 0 Corby Town 1

MARCUS CRAWLEY reports

A HOME defeat against another one of the teams vying for a play-off spot meant a bleak Saturday for the Blues.

Scott Houghton's last-gasp penalty offered redemption but his kick was well saved by Corby custodian Darren Watts.

In truth, it would have been tough on the visitors as the award looked harsh and Jon Taylor's side had struggled for cohesion for most of the afternoon.

Arlesey had a youthful front two of Kieran Deane and Ben Hammond but the pair struggled to make an impact.

Aussie Deane is on loan from Stevenage Boro and Hammond has signed from Mildenhall after being released from the youth scheme at Watford last summer.

The early threat was all from Corby and it was no surprise when they went ahead after 28 minutes.

Talented striker Jamie Clarke had headed onto the roof of the net a minute earlier but he was not to be denied on this occasion.

Danny Marlow got free down the right and he squared for Clarke to slot home with Nick Bussey left helpless.

A swerving Hammond drive which skidded just past the foot of the post was the home side's highlight of the half, while Corby could have doubled their advantage.

Bussey foiled Glen Turner with Brett Darby firing into the side netting, while Darby also tested the Blues keeper from a free-kick.

Taylor had introduced all three substitutes by just after the hour mark in a bid to get back in the game.

The Blues were a bit brighter but were still reduced to shooting from distance, Hammond and Michael Cox trying their luck without success.

An horrendous miskick by Hammond midway through the half almost resulted in a second for Corby. The visitors poured forward and Clarke fired into the side netting when he really should have put the game beyond doubt.

Arlesey did at least stage a grandstand finish in an effort to gain a point.

Sub Charlie Henry blazed wide after a defensive blunder and fellow replacement Kaan Fehmi's seemingly goalbound shot was blocked from going in.

Fehmi was involved in the penalty incident as he seemed to go down rather too easily under a challenge to earn a penalty in added time.

Justice was served as assistant manager Houghton's kick was saved to further frustrate the home crowd.

There was still time for Fehmi to show his attacking prowess when he fired fractionally over the top.

The Blues travel to Uxbridge on Saturday.

Blues: Bussey, Dillnutt, Bloss (Fehmi 59m), Finch (Beevor 62m), Hatchett, Cox, Nichol (Henry 50m), Gregson, Hammond, Deane, Houghton.

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