Chris Plummer was delighted with a brilliant all-round night for Corby Town as they moved out of the bottom of three of the Blue Square Bet North in devastating fashion.
Josh Moreman fired a hat-trick while a fine solo strike from Nat Wedderburn and an own-goal from Cliff Moyo saw the Steelmen thrash Droylsden 5-0 at Steel Park.
Corby didn’t always have things their own way but they weathered the storm from the visitors before finishing them off in clinical style as Wedderburn’s goal and Moreman’s penalty to complete his treble came in stoppage-time.
And while the size of the victory made boss Plummer content, it was a first clean sheet of the season that pleased him the most.
“We got the all-important early goal and, to be fair to them, they tried to play from the back and through midfield and they weren’t too bad at it at times,” the Steelmen boss said.
“We had to be patient and we just said at half-time that we needed to press them a bit higher and be a bit more intense.
“Maybe it flattered us a bit towards the end but it was a pleasing performance and it was great to get that first clean sheet of the season as well.
“That is probably the most pleasing part for us. They hit the bar towards the end but the lads were throwing their bodies in the way of shots just so we could get that clean sheet.”
The night wasn’t without disappointment, however, as Plummer confirmed that loan signing Alex Brown is set for a “lengthy” spell on the sidelines.
Brown and right-back Jack Evans signed on loan from Gillingham ahead of the game and both made their debuts and performed well.
But Brown suffered a knee injury when having a shot blocked and Plummer confirmed the worst after the game.
“Jack made a difference for us at right-back and he looked a class act,” he added.
“Unfortunately, Alex looks like he has damaged the ligaments in his right knee and it’s not looking great.
“It is unfortunate because he has only just come here and it is looking like it will be a lengthy one.
“He will go back to Gillingham and I am sure their medical team will assess him but I don’t think he will be back with us in the foreseeable future, which is a real shame because he started very well.”
There was also the worrying sight of another loan signing, centre-half Stefan Galinski, limping off but Plummer believes his knock is one that can be managed.
“We took Stefan off as a precaution and it is something we need to manage because he has been an important player for us since he has come in,” Plummer said.
“But we must make sure that he is right. We don’t want him playing through injuries and I am sure Derby won’t want that either.
“It is a slight concern but I don’t think it is a bad one.”