Nov 11 2012 By Jon Batham
FA TROPHY 3rd QUALIFYING ROUND
Corby Town 1
Wealdstone face an FA Trophy replay on Wednesday after Alex Dyer’s goal claimed a draw with 10-man Corby.
Stones enjoyed a man advantage for 70 plus minutes after Corby’s Josh Moreman was sent off, but looked to be heading out of the competition after Sam Ives put the visitors ahead on the hour.
However, fancy footwork from Dyer levelled with 17 minutes to go, after which Stones had a goal chalked off for offside and hit the post before honours finished even.
With the visitors having scored seven in successive league victories and Stones having amassed 25 in six games a goal fest looked likely, yet it was 12 minutes before the hosts fashioned the first chance.
Corby were penalised for handball and Wes Parker timed his run perfectly to meet Alex Dyer’s resulting free-kick only for Paul Walker to tip the effort over the crossbar.
The Town custodian was alert again minutes later as he got down well to save Peter Dean’s fierce low strike and cling on to the ball as Richard Jolly closed in.
The Conference North side responded with a Josh Moreman shot just wide on 17 minutes.
However, just two minutes later Corby’s danger-man was walking to the dressing room after receiving his marching orders.
The wide man was clearly incensed his side were not awarded free-kick and after an expletive was used referee Michael Blackledge brandished a straight red.
A man to the good Wealdstone continued to press and Kurtney Brooks’ astute through-ball sent Jolly on his way, but Walker was again down to smother the shot.
However, Corby served notice they were a threat on the break with a swift counter from which Greg Kaziboni warmed the hands of Rikki Banks.
It was a warning not heeded and the visitors were given a golden chance to steal the lead a minute from the break when Parker tripped Ives, but the striker spurned the opportunity, thrashing the resulting penalty against the crossbar.
Parker flashed an early header wide just after the restart, while Pett fired narrowly over, yet Stones looked flat despite the man advantage.
Corby made them pay on the hour. Banks did superbly to beat out Paul Malone’s far post header and recovered to deny Stefan Galinski’s follow-up effort, but Stones did not recover and Ives atoned for his earlier penalty miss to drive the ball home.
Stung into response Stones were inches from a leveller four minutes later when a corner from the left was only half cleared to Sean Cronin. The centre-back caught it sweetly on the volley, but the impressive Walker threw himself full length to his left to fingertip the ball round the post.
From the resulting corner the hosts went close again but, Chris O’ Leary’s header was smuggled off the line.
Stones stayed patient and the pressure told on 73 minutes as Chappell found Dyer on the right of the area and the former Northampton town man skipped past two challenges to fire inside the near post for his eighth goal in as many games.
A pumped up Chappell fired wide, before Jolly twice came close in a matter of seconds. First he stabbed home a Chappell cross only for cries of delight to be strangled by an offside flag and he then broke clear to beat Walker but hit the base of the post.
Shabazz Baidoo replaced Dean with seven minutes left and the former QPR man was inches from stabbing in a winner from another cracking Chappell cross in stoppage time, Parker eventually shooting just wide.