Whitby Town ended the reign of Corby Town manager Gary Mills, with a convincing 2-0 win over the frail-looking relegation candidates.
The win also ensured that Chris Hardy’s side extended their unbeaten run to nine games, in their quest for a play-off place.
Hardy was forced into removing Danny McWilliams, thanks to injury, and replaced him with Lee Bullock, before moving Anthony Bell to left-back.
The opening 45 minutes was a tight affair, with both sides displaying solid defensive lines. It was Whitby, however, that used their attacking prowess to full force.
Luke Bythway threatened first, with the Seasiders taking advantage of a Corby side void of any energy, forcing a good save from Aiden Grant.
The visitors moved forward in numbers, with Steven Snaith finding Dale Hopson twenty yards from goal. Hopson, in his usual classy style, netted his 27th goal of the season with a perfectly executed chip over Grant.
Mikey Roberts had two bites at the cherry to try and double Whitby’s advantage, though a poor touch forced him wide on the first attempt, whilst his second was well wide of the mark, when through on goal.
The hosts clearly had Mills’ half-time words clearly ringing in their ears, and started the second half brightly.
Jordan Crawford did well to force Shane Bland into a clever, angled save, before the Blues gloveman denied Phil Trainer, just moments later, following his powerful strike.
Hardy’s side looked the most dangerous, however, and doubled their lead on 64 minutes.
Another ball over the top from Snaith picked out Luke Bythway, who rounded the goalkeeper with ease and finished from close range, into an empty net.
Corby had a chance to get back into the game, with just five minutes remaining.
A ball into the box found a diving header from substitute Spencer Weir-Daley, which went just wide, with Whitby holding out to ensure a big three points.
Corby Town: Grant, Smith, Wildin, D. Bell, Brown, Lee, Kennedy (Leslie ’63), Milnes (R. Bell ’69), Trainer (C), Iaciofano, Crawford (Weir-Daley ’63). Subs not used: Anton, Parkes (GK).
Whitby Town: Bland, Martin, A. Bell, May, Bullock, Gell, Snaith (C), Hopson, Roberts (Fryatt ’88), Tymon (Hume ’82), Bythway (Weledji ’71). Subs not used: Robinson, Dixon (GK).
Whitby Town MotM: Anthony Bell – Composed performance in the unfamiliar left-back position