28th July 2018

Dominating proceedings against their Northern Premier League opponents Jordan Green’s strike separated the two sides at the break. 

Looking to make their dominance count, Diallang Jaiyesimi continued his impressive pre-season with a well-taken solo goal after the restart before substitute Korrey Henry netted with his first touch to make it 3-0 just past the hour-mark.

Continuing to exhibit their flowing football in the final half an hour Yeovil failed to add to their lead but left Northamptonshire with another convincing victory under their belt with the 2018/19 Sky Bet League Two season looming. 

Likely to be the first-team’s last outing before the league campaign begins next weekend, manager Darren Way fielded an entirely different starting eleven to the one that kicked off at Dorchester Town in midweek. 

Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter joined up with the squad for the first time in pre-season after covering for Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero’s absence post World Cup, whilst newest recruit Reece Cole started on the bench. 

Academy trio Daniel Ojo, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Gabriel Rogers all continued their run with the first-team whilst Gary Warren and Tom James were rested ahead of the new season.

After a nondescript start on a blustery day at Steel Park the Glovers were first to register a meaningful attempt on goal just past the 10-minute mark. 

Rhys Browne’s pace took him from halfway to the byline before pulling the ball back for Jaiyesimi whose strike was hooked off the line by Sam Warburton. 

Looking dangerous out wide Town’s next attack came from the opposite side when Green’s deep cross picked out Francois Zoko, who was only denied by a smart Dan Smith save following neat control. 

Building up a head of steam the visitors broke the deadlock on 22 minutes courtesy of their winger. 

The lively Green spotted space inside from his right-wing position and after moving himself to 20 yards from goal stroked a left-footed shot into the bottom corner for his second goal in pre-season.

Now with the lead and dominating possession the Green & Whites remained on the front foot against the Steelmen. 

Strike pairing Zoko and Jaiyesimi both had chances to extend the visitors’ lead but a combination of wayward finishing and Smith kept the duo at bay. 

In a final act of the half, Dickinson had a free-kick brilliantly tipped around the post as a battling Corby did well to contain a Town side who confidently bossed possession. 

Met after the restart by a deluge of rain, Way was forced into an early sub when Browne picked up a knock. 

Taking the safety-first approach with the new season just a week away, the talented attacker was replaced by an unnamed trialist who almost made an instant impact. 

Latching on to Dickinson’s long throw the winger volleyed just over the bar from close range, but it was soon to become 2-0. 

Encamped in the Steelmen’s half the dangerous Jaiyesimi picked up possession in the box and finding a yard of space dispatched a driven half-volley into the bottom corner to give Smith no chance. 

With a commanding lead, Way made four substitutions just past the hour-mark and Henry found the back of the net with his first touch as the 18-year-old volleyed home Dickinson’s corner to grab his second goal in as many games.

In a rare foray forward at the other end, Stuart Nelson demonstrated good reflexes to tip Jordan Francis’ venomous strike over the bar in what proved to be Corby’s only meaningful attempt on goal. 

Little more than a formality, the Glovers produced an entertaining brand of passing football in the closing stages as the rain continued to fall but it wasn’t enough to dampen Town’s spirits as a third straight friendly victory was confirmed. 

Corby Town: Smith; Smith, Mulligan, Anton, Warburton; Kennedy, Bradshaw (Garvie 51′), Crawford; Alremeithi (Carta 57′), Bettles ( Boateng 57′), Francis.
Subs not used: McBride, Robinson, Tuksar, Aridegbe.

Yeovil Town: Nelson; Mugabi, Sowunmi, Donnellan, Dickinson (Ojo 82′); Green (Rogers 62′), Santos (Spencer-Clarke 82′), D’Almeida (Cole 62′), Browne (Trialist A 49′); Jaiyesimi (Henry 62′), Zoko (Fisher 62′).
Subs not used: Baxter.