Lowestoft Town 2 Corby Town 2
PUBLISHED: 16:55 29 August 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 30 August 2015
Ryan Jarvis rescued a National League North point with his first goal for Lowestoft Town in a tough match which had seen the visitors have a goal disallowed in either half.
Jake Reed had put the Trawlerboys in front in the first half only for Corby to have taken the initiative and the lead before half-time.
After then surviving a second disallowed goal early in the second half, it was Jarvis to the rescue in the 86th minute with a fine finish, ending a three-match losing streak for the Blues.
Lowestoft were unchanged from their cruel defeat at promotion hopefuls AFC Fylde the previous weekend, when a 95th-minute goal denied Ady side an excellent point.
That meant midfielders Rossi Jarvis and Rob Eagle continuing in defence, with manager Ady Gallagher revealing that two loan signings are imminent, one with a view to a permanent deal and the other a youth loan from a professional club.
The match was preceded by a minute’s silence in memory of former Lowestoft and Norwich City goalkeeper Sandy Kennon, who made over 100 appearances and won two Eastern Counties League title medals with the club, as well as the victims of the Shoreham air crash, including two non-league players.
The Trawlerboys nearly took the lead in just the second minute after a nice ball from Erkan Okay played Eagle through but the wide-man’s low left-footed shot was well held by visiting keeper Paul Walker.
Otherwise the game had started quietly, until the hosts grabbed the lead in the 14th minute.
Good battling from Andrew Fisk and Danny Crow in midfield allowed right-back Harry Barker to lump a long ball forward in Reed’s direction, the ball bounced nicely and allowed the striker to lob the on-rushing Walker and score his fourth of the season.
The lead lasted barely two minutes though after former Boston striker Spencer Weir-Daley turned home a nice cross from the right from winger Kurtis Revan from close range.
Chris Henderson fired just wide soon after when Crow cushioned down an Eagle free-kick to him on the edge of the area, his shot going a yard wide of the left upright.
The Steelmen started to find their feet towards the end of the half, showing plenty of strength and desire, with Ben Milnes firing just wide in the 34th minute and the powerful Anton Brown having a goal chalked off for a push.
That improvement paid off two minutes before the break when Weir-Daley split the home defence with a simple pass to Ashley Sammons, who fired across Marcus Garnham for 2-1.
There was then huge controversy early in the second half, as Corby thought they had made it 3-1 in the 52nd minute.
Kalern Thomas played in Ben Milnes on the left side of the Lowestoft box, whose apparent handball caused the home defence to hesitate. He then finished high into the net with aplomb and the players walked back to the centre-circle for the restart – only for referee Carl Fitch to disallow the goal a full minute later, after consultation with his linesman.
That was a huge let off for the hosts – and it proved to be vital.
After Joe Marsden had come on to allow Rossi Jarvis to move into midfield, the balance of power shifted, with the former Luton Town man nearly sweeping home from the edge of the box after good play by Eagle in the 77th minute.
It was his brother, Ryan, who proved to be the man of the moment though, firing an equaliser in the 86th minute.
It was the former Norwich City striker’s first goal for the club, bursting clean through and firing across the keeper and into the bottom-right corner for 2-2.
Lowestoft: Garnham; Barker, Ainsley, Rossi Jarvis (C), Eagle; Fisk (Marsden 66), Okay; Ryan Jarvis, Crow (Woods-Garness 82), Henderson (Bammant 82); Reed. Unused subs: Jessup (GK), Mason.
Corby: Walker; Thomas, Carruthers, Aaron Brown, Kennedy; Anton Brown (Mills 64), Taylor (C); Milnes, Sammons (Courtney 75), Revan (Hartley 71); Weir-Daley. Unused subs: Donkin (GK), Ogilvie.
Referee: Carl Fitch (Suffolk)