Corby Town: 0\r\nGloucester City: 1 (Lock 50)\r\n\r\n\r\nAnother stunning Matt Lock goal was the key as Gloucester City battled to victory against Corby Town.\r\n\r\nThe win, the first at Corby’s new Steel Park ground, takes City’s away record against the Steelmen to six in as many years but where previous trips to Northamptonshire produced slick victories this was a grimmer affair.\r\n\r\nOn a bobbly pitch, in constant drizzle the Tigers worn down an unbalanced, unfocussed Corby side who lacked any quality in front of goal.\r\n\r\nGary King should have done better two minutes in, clear on goal, two yards out the Corby frontman flicked the ball straight to Lewis Carey in the City goal, a feat he repeated more than once before the game ended.\r\n\r\nA foul on Darren Edwards gifted the Tigers an early free kick, lined up on the edge of the area by Matt Lock, he whipped the ball in to Darren Mullings but his glancing header was too light to find another City player in the box.\r\n\r\nDave Bird, playing in centre midfield, looked to have regained his spark and tested Nick Bennion with a tame shot four minutes in.\r\n\r\nThe Steelmen were quick on the break but each time they penetrated the City box they fluffed their lines, Mark Jones again firing the ball directly at Carey on 21 minutes before King failed to get near the goal with an effort well wide of the post ten minutes later.\r\n\r\nOn 38 minutes Lock had another dead ball effort, this time Mullings connected and headed the ball down, but only as far as Bennion. Minutes later Lock’s short corner, played out Bird was fired back into the box by Matt Coupe, only to be kicked wide by Edwards as City looked for a way to get ahead.\r\n\r\nPerhaps mindful of recent goals conceded early in the second half City looked brighter after the break, winning a series of corners. On 50 minutes City attacking on the right edged towards the box, with Will Morford and Webb playing some neat passing football, Morford played in Lock who fired a volley straight past Bennion from 20 yards out to put the Tigers ahead.\r\n\r\nCorby, looking stronger with since Jordan Smith’s appearance for the ineffective James Ozmen at half time, pushed forward but again King’s chances in the box were found lacking. Gifted a chance to equalise on 54 minutes he hit the ball into Carey’s chest.\r\n\r\nA decisive block by Coupe stopped another Corby run, as City’s concentration seemed to slip in the final 15 minutes of the game. Edwards was subbed on 73 minutes, moments after appearing to miskick the ball when clean through on goal, clearly looking under the weather. His replacement Theo Lewis came close to grabbing his third City goal with another header on 80 minutes, collecting a fine ball in from Matt Rose after the experience midfielder showed off some silky skills to nip past his markers.\r\n\r\nWith minutes to play the ground fell silent as a concerted Corby attack on the City box saw almost every player from both sides touch the ball. The ball hit the bar, the post and was saved off the line by both Carey and Mike Green as Gloucester stood firm in the face of a chaotic barrage of balls towards goal.\r\n\r\nAs the drizzle cleared City clung on for the three points which moves them up to 11th in the Blue Square Bet North table ahead of Monday’s game against Histon.\r\n\r\n\r\nCorby Town: N Bennion, D Gordon, P Mayo, S Towers, P Gulliver, L Hibbert, A Hall, J Ozmen (J Smith 46) G King (S Mullarkey 67) M Jones, T McGowan (P Malone 73) Subs: T Farden, T Amory,\r\n\r\nGloucester City: L Carey, M Green, S Rawlings, M Coupe, T Hamblin, T Webb, M Lock (M Rose 84), D Mullings, D Edwards (T Lewis 73) W Morford, D Bird (A Mann 59). Subs: N Mustoe, S Wilson\r\n\r\nRef: Stephen Ross (Boston)\r\n\r\nAtt: 277\r\n\r\n
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