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Corby Town 1 - 1 City

The early season sequence of league draws continued for Cambridge City as the Lilywhites secured a well-earned point courtesy of a 1-1 draw at Corby Town.

The hosts had started the season impressively having topped the table going into the midweek round of matches. The only downside was that like City they had been eliminated from the FA Cup. The Steelmen succumbing to AFC Mansfield in the Extra Preliminary Round.

City went into the match in need of a response following their own exit from the FA Cup at Biggleswade on Sunday. However, they would have to do it without defender Taylor Parr who was missing from the starting line-up. Bradley Gothard came in to replace him whilst there was also a start for Tommy Rigby with new signing Dylan Asonganyi having to settle for a place on the bench.

It was Corby who had the first real chance when Scott Bridges lost possession. This let in Daniel Collins but his effort went wide of the target.

Despite the early sorties from Corby, it was City who began to create the more promising openings and this was highlighted when Ally Conway saw an effort well saved by Jason Alexander in the Corby goal. Alexander then thwarted Matty Miles as he was on hand to tip the ball over the bar.

The early season injury woes for City continued as they lost John Freeman during the first half following a bang to the ankle, and he was replaced by Ben Nolan.

The second half began with Corby missing a great chance. Curtis Burrows saw his free kick saved by Louis Chadwick. From the resulting corner, Michael Jacklin had an effort that hit the post.

Corby were made to pay for missing that chance as shortly after City got in front. Substitute Ben Nolan made his way into the penalty box before being fouled, and the referee Matthew Jackson had no hesitation to point to the spot. Ryan Sharman stepped up and made no mistake to net City’s first league goal of the season.

With the goal coming early in the half, the hosts still had plenty of time to get back into the contest, and with 20 minutes left the Steelmen were level. New signing Scott Floyd delivered an excellent cross where he picked out Daniel Collins who made no mistake heading past Chadwick for the equaliser.

It was now game on with either side pushing for the victory. For City, the best chance fell to Yaw Ofosu when his header hit the bar with six minutes of the contest remaining. For Corby, Jacklin was unlucky to see his header go over. Despite there being a few other scares for the City defence, the Lilywhites held firm to secure their third successive league draw from the early season round of matches.

Next up for City is a bank holiday double bill of football action. On Saturday, they host Sutton Coldfield at Bridge Road followed by a trip to Dereham on Monday afternoon.

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