Corby Town 2, Chorley 2

Darren Stephenson makes a run into the box
Darren Stephenson makes a run into the box
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Magpies manager Matt Jansen was full of praise for the character shown by his players in picking up their first point of the season against promoted Corby Town, who are unbeaten at home since last November.

“I asked everyone to stand up and be counted and to give a 100%. They’ve done that and more and were outstanding. The players have shown tremendous character in coming from behind.

“On the balance of play in the second half, I think we deserved more than a point from the game.”

It was certainly a tough test for the Magpies against a pacey side full of confidence after an emphatic midweek win.

But they could easily have gone ahead in the first minute, had not Darren Stephenson fired over an open goal. Then James Dean burst through but his attempted chip over the keeper also cleared the bar.

Chorley did go in front after 24 minutes, Dale Whitham firmly heading home at the back post following a fine Stephenson run and cross. The lead lasted just two minutes until Corby hot-shot Ash Sammons found the top corner from MK Dons loan-signing Kabongo Tshimanga’s lay-off.

Then on 34 minutes a foul just outside the box gave Sammons the chance to curl an exquisite dipping free-kick into the far corner of the net past the flailing arms of Sam Ashton.

The Magpies responded spiritedly and deservedly levelled three minutes before half-time, a Whitham miscue from a centre from new boy Andy Bond presented Josh Hine with a simple far-post header.

Stephenson fashioned an early chance on the restart but he ended a speedy run with a shot too close to keeper Paul Walker.

The Corby keeper was later well beaten by an Adam Roscoe piledriver which rattled the bar. After a tiring Bond was replaced by Jake Cottrell with 15 minutes to play, Sammons put in a bid for a hat-trick with a wickedly swerving shot well held by Ashton.

Chorley had a couple of late chances to bag a win but the finishing lacked power.

“We’ve got a massive game coming up now on Tuesday with a visit from FC United,” said Jansen.

“There’ll be a great atmosphere but if the players perform with the same attitude as they did on Saturday, I’m confident they can win the match.’

CHORLEY: Ashton, Ross, Jarvis, Flynn, Charnock, Roscoe, Hine, Whitham ,Dean, Bond (Cottrell,75), Stephenson (Carver, 68). Unused subs. Burns, Guy, Dodd.

Attendance: 759