A moment of in-discipline from defender Wayne Noad cost Fleet dearly on Tuesday night when he was handed a second yellow card for dissent just moments after being cautioned for an innocuous challenge, writes ALEX NAREY.
In a game where Fleet would have been desperately looking for three points, Noad's dismissal came in the 55th minute after they had dominated for large periods of the game despite not being able to find the end product.
The management duo of Adie Aymes and Mark Dennis must now take their spirited side to face Erith & Belvedere on Saturday knowing that three points are a must after Tuesday night was a case of two points lost rather than one gained.
After the match, Dennis said: "We should have come in at half-time being two-nil up. Wayne Noad then lost his discipline and I was just disappointed because I thought that they were there for the taking tonight."
The home side really should have made the visitors pay for their lack of sharpness in the opening minutes after kick-off had been delayed due to traffic congestion — which had caused Corby to jump straight off their coach and onto the heavy pitch at Calthorpe Park. However, too many times passes went astray despite Fleet never looking in any real danger at the back.
The impressive Adie Kilner was proving to be Fleet's main threat in the middle of park, with the influential playmaker making his first start for the club after suffering a cruciate knee-ligament injury back in September 2001.
His lack of match fitness did not show though, and when his corner was firmly met by Mark Frampton in the eighth minute, it appeared that Fleet had all but taken the lead but the striker's effort could not beat the woodwork despite easily beating Corby keeper Richard Lavin.
Fleet continued to play the better football but James Le Masurier proved a handful for Fleet with well struck shots in the 47th and 49th minutes and the juicy stuff was only just starting when Noad got his marching orders and moments later, in the 56th minute, Le Masurier's volley from outside the box was superbly saved by Carl Clayton.
In fairness Fleet were still the better side with just ten men but for all their hardwork, they could not finish the job as Dennis and Aymes had to settle for the draw.
"This shows how far we have come in the last few months that when we get a point we are not happy, added Dennis. "We are now just looking forward to Saturday and hopefully beating Erith but we can play a lot better than we did tonight."