Corby and Grantham set for an afternoon full of drama

Steve Kinniburgh is looking forward to a crucial clash this afternoon as Corby Town take on Grantham Town at Steel Park
Steve Kinniburgh is looking forward to a crucial clash this afternoon as Corby Town take on Grantham Town at Steel Park

Steve Kinniburgh believes Corby Town’s showdown with Grantham Town at Steel Park this afternoon (Monday, 3pm) is the sort of game that makes the latter stages of the season great.

The penultimate day of action in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division promises to be one full of drama, especially at Steel Park.

The Steelmen start the day sitting just above the relegation zone on goal difference after they won 1-0 at Stafford Rangers on Saturday while Sutton Coldfield Town lost 3-2 at home to Matlock Town.

With just one game to go after today, it means that if Corby can find another three points and Sutton lose at home to Halesowen Town then, barring a mathematical miracle, the Steelmen will be safe.

However, Grantham look set to have a big say in that. Their 1-0 success at Buxton on Saturday was their sixth league win in a row and it sent them into the final play-off place on goal difference.

With so much on the line for both clubs, it promises to be an incredible bank holiday afternoon and Kinniburgh can hardly wait.

“This is why April is one of the best months for football in the non-League game,” Kinniburgh, who took charge of the Steelmen following the sacking of Gary Mills just over a week ago, said.

“The games come thick and fast and they are usually big and important, whether it’s teams going for promotion, play-offs or trying to stay in the league.

“I am looking forward to it, they have had to play a strong team on Saturday and so have we and we have both got to go and do it again.

“A lot will come down to how all the players have looked after themselves between the two matches and who can get themselves up for it with one team trying to get into the play-offs and the other trying to stay in the league.

“Grantham beat us 4-0 on Boxing Day in one of the first games after I arrived here and we let ourselves down that day so we also have that hanging over us.

“We will have to go out there today and be a lot better than we were that day.”

Kinniburgh expects to name a fully-fit squad for today’s clash after no new injuries were picked up on Saturday.