Chris Plummer admitted there was a “bitter sweet” feel to the evening as Corby Town lifted the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
The Steelmen claimed a 3-1 win over Southern League Division One Central side Daventry Town at Northampton Town’s Sixfields home as goals from Josh Moreman, Ryan Semple and Paul Malone sealed the silverware for Plummer’s side.
But while they were recording a fairly comfortable victory, just down the road at Brackley Town their relegation rivals Colwyn Bay were claiming a surprise 3-1 victory in the Blue Square Bet North.
It means Colwyn still occupy the final relegation spot but are now just three points behind the Steelmen with two games in hand while Histon and Bishop’s Stortford sit just a point and two points ahead of Corby respectively.
The Steelmen head to Gloucester City on Saturday in desperate need of a win but could find themselves in the bottom three ahead of the weekend if Colwyn win the next of their games in hand against Oxford City on Thursday night by two or more goals.
And Plummer insists he and his players will continue to focus only on what they can do in their final two matches following their cup success.
The Corby boss said: “It was a bitter sweet evening really because we have won a trophy and then we have had the news in from Brackley.
“But we can’t affect any of that. We will enjoy what we have done in this game and begin to look ahead to the big game on Saturday.”
As far as the final itself was concerned, the Steelmen were forced to hold off a flying start to each half by a plucky Daventry side.
They did level early in the second period but Corby’s extra fitness and quality eventually came to the fore and Plummer was pleased to see his team get the job done following three successive league defeats.
“It was an enjoyable night,” he added.
“We came to win, even though we needed to rest a few because injuries we have picked up during the busy schedule over the last week.
“But the lads who came in did well and we are very pleased to have won the game and get a bit of silverware.
“They came out of the traps quickly at the start of both halves and you have to expect that because it is a cup final and we knew it would be competitive.
“They put us under pressure early on but it was good to get our noses in front and we had plenty of possession and I think our extra quality showed at times.
“They got the goal back early in the second half but reacted very well and scored a very good goal to get back in front and then one from a set-piece has rounded it off.”