Despite a late fight back by visitors Histon the Steelmen made comfortable progress into the Third Qualifying Round of the Buildbase F.A Trophy. Corby were able to name an almost full strength line up while Histon – whose manager Lance Key played two games on loan for the Steelmen back in February 2008 – had former Corby player James Jepson on their depleted bench alongside two teenagers.
Despite being in far better shape than for their 5-0 win at Histon earlier in the season Corby found themselves a goal down after just six minutes when skipper Ed Rolph scored for the Stutes.
For most of the first half, however, Histon’s Christopher Gough was by far the busier of the two goalkeepers. He made a double save from Jordan O’Brien and Connor Furey and was again called into action when Lewis White strode forward to have a crack at goal.
The Steelmen finally made the breakthrough in the 29th minute when a right wing centre was expertly headed in by James Clifton.
Two minutes into the second half Gough saved from O’Brien, but was helpless in the 54th minute when the Corby number nine fired in an outstanding long range effort which found the net via the underside of the crossbar.
From then on it seemed to be just a matter of how many the Steelmen would get as they scored three times in a ten minute spell. In the 67th minute Steve Diggin headed past Gough to make it 3-1 and four minutes later the ‘keeper, who had done so much to keep the score down, completely misjudged a long ball forward by White to leave Clifton with an open goal to shoot into.
Diggin then hit an angled drive in to make it 5-1 and should really have claimed a hat trick as he struck the woodwork and hit an effort wide.
Corby then relaxed their grip slightly and Histon took advantage by scoring through Josh Dawkin (78 minutes) and Rolph (80 minutes) to make the scoreline more respectable from their point of view.
In the dying minutes the Steelmen were reduced to ten men when Joe Curtis picked up a second yellow card but saw out the remainder of the game without further alarm to book a home tie against Banbury United in the next round of the competition.
CORBY TOWN:- Matt Hall; Connor Furey, Kamy Alpindia Gille (substitute Kalvin Taylor); Elliot Sandy, Lewis White, Gary Mulligan (captain); Jude Brittain, James Clifton, Jordan O’Brien (substitute Oliver Gee), Stephen Diggin, Joe Curtis. Unused substitutes: Niall Towle, Owen Montgomery, Kaden McAlinden, Nemsnja Grubor (GK).
HISTON:- Christopher Gough; Ed Greengrass, Sam Collison; Josh Dawkin, Victor Garcia (substitute James Jepson), Oliver Brookes; Ed Rolph (captain), Babacar Camara (substitute Alex Stevens-Lee), Rhys Thorpe, Finley Wilkinson, Luke Lindsay (substitute Marcus Cole).