The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY FIRST ROUND QUALIFYING - By John Walker

IT IS A to­tally over­worked phrase, but this re­ally was a game of two halves.

Corby to­tally dom­i­nated the first 45 min­utes and scored twice in three min­utes early on with Jor­dan Craw­ford cut­ting in from the left to un­leash a right-footed thun­der­bolt and Ben Di­a­mond adding a sec­ond af­ter great play be­tween Craw­ford and Steven Les­lie.

Af­ter the break the home side’s counter-punch was swift and lethal. In 12 sec­ond-half min­utes around the hour they scored three times with Dion Sem­bie-Fer­ris beat­ing keeper Sam Wilson to the ball to head home a Scott Sin­clair cross af­ter 52 min­utes, and then eight min­utes later de­fender Liam McDe­vitt lev­elled from a Johnny Herd throw.

What proved to be the win­ner came from ace marks­man Tom Meechan af­ter 64 min­utes – his sixth goal in ten games.

Corby’s hopes of a late lev­eller were dashed when they were re­duced to ten men as they lost Con­nor Kennedy to a sec­ond yellow card. Wilson made two out­stand­ing saves to deny Meechan and Sin­clair.

Corby then felt they should have had a late penalty, but Craw­ford was booked for sim­u­la­tion.

STAR MAN: Dy­lan Wil­liams (St Neots) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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