BOSTON UNITED 2 CORBY TOWN 0: Three points for Pilgrims after superb strikes from Robbins and Felix

Ryan Robbins.
Ryan Robbins.

Boston United got back to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Corby Town.

Following the midweek draw with Harrogate and last weekend’s 4-3 reverse at North Ferriby, the Pilgrims picked up a thoroughly deserved three points.

Memorable finishes from Ryan Robbins and Kaine Felix settled a contest in which the hosts looked full in control of.

However, with Boston just 1-0 in front until the final minute, Corby were in the contest enough to give it a nervy feel.

Dennis Greene handed a start to Sunderland loanee Jordan Blinco, while fellow new signing John Sands - joining from Leiston - took his place on the bench.

Ex-Steelman Carl Piergianni lined up against his old club, while fellow former Town players Mark and Richard Jones missed out through injury.

For Corby, Greg Mills and Ben Milnes returned to York Street, while Spencer Weir-Daley didnt make the squad.

Boston began on the front foot, the moist and slippery surface ideal for their three-pronged attack of Robbins, Dayle Southwell and Blinco to impose themselves on the game.

The young Black Cat comfortably settled into his new surroundings with an early penetrating run to beat four oppponents.

Moments later he put in a teasing cross which Scott Garner headed wide.

Piergianni - in search of his sixth goal in as many matches - saw a header strike the woodwork after meeting Dylan McEvoy’s free kick and Grant Roberts’ volley deflected wide as the hosts continued to look for an opening.

Corby then saw a penalty shout turned away after Mills went down under a Piergianni challenge in the Boston box.

United took the lead in the 22nd minute as Robbins collected Southwell’s pass on the right flank, cutting inside before powering a low effort beyond Harry Burgoyne.

The Corby keeper, making his debut on loan from Wolverhampton, then got the better of Robbins, tipping a long-range effort away from danger, while at the other end Henrich Ravas did well to hold onto Cleveland Taylor’s low strike.

The Steelmen came within a whisker of levelling as Callum Ball met Kurtis Revan’s cross inside the six-yard box, but forced his header over the bar.

After the interval, United continued to exert pressure, Roberts seeing a strike cleared off the line by Kurtis Revan and Southwell meeting Garner’s flick on but seeing his effort strike the post early on, before Jordan Richards screwed a drive wide.

Referee Alf Greenwood had a today to forget, the second half littered with questionable decisions and bookings in both directions, which added a nervy feel to the contest.

But United continued pushing on for a second, Burgoyne making sure a Southwell strike landed off target and Sands missing the chance to mark his debut with a goal as he slipped at the vital moment when meeting Kaine Felix’s low cross.

Town player-manager Tommy Wright had the chance to pull his side level but as he slid in to meet Andre Johnson’s cross he forced the ball well over.

Seconds later and another Felix cross saw another miscued effort from Sands who, if nothing else, was getting into the right positions, Southwell’s follow-up then being blocked and the danger cleared.

The former Leiston forward was then granted another chance as he wqas put through on goal, only for Burgoyne to block with his chest.

Boston doubled their lead in the 89th minute as Felix marked his return with a finish fit for the scrapbook.

After cutting in from the right he beat Burgoyne with a near-post piledriver to hand the hosts a deserved cushion.

Refusing to give up, Town forced Ravas to earn his clean sheet, the keeper getting down well to parry Johnson’s zipper.

UNITED: Ravas, Marrs, McEvoy, Richards, Garner, Piergianni, Roberts, Mills, Southwell (Dixon 87), Robbins (Felix 67), Blinco (Sands 74); Subs (not used): Sarpong, Dixon, Johnson.

CORBY: Burgoyne, Thomas, O’Hanlon (Johnson 62), Courtney, McDonald, Draper, Mills, Taylor, Milnes (Malone 87), Revan (Wright 75); Subs (not used): Kromah, Donkin.

Ref: Alf Greenwood.

Att: 1,228.