Tommy Wright was delighted to see Corby Town return to winning ways as they booked their place in the third round of the Red Insure Cup.
The Steelmen beat Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division rivals Arlesey Town for a third time this season with Edi Appleton’s first goal for the club after just two minutes being enough to settle the second-round tie.
The clash was played out in thick fog at Steel Park but boss Wright was pleased to see the game go ahead following his team’s 2-1 defeat at Dorchester Town last weekend.
And he believes the victory will stand his side in good stead for Saturday’s home league clash with Bideford as Corby aim to preserve second place in the table.
“I thought we were comfortable and the early goal settled the boys down,” the Steelmen manager said.
“I was disappointed last weekend and the boys were as well. It’s not nice losing football games and that’s why they played in this one to put things right.
“It was important to get a good performance as well as the result. I wanted to win, set things right from Saturday and get back to winning ways.
“I felt a bit sorry for the fans because they paid the money and they probably couldn’t even see touchline to touchline.
“But it was important for us to get the game in. You don’t want league games being called off for the sake of a cup match.
“The boys need to get used to playing every Saturday and every midweek because that’s going to be the case probably until February.
“It was a good run-out, there were no knocks and we are keeping the lads ticking over.
“Hopefully the win takes us to a good place. Winning is a great habit to have and I think that takes us into Saturday, which is a massive game for us.”
Wright, meanwhile, reserved praise for youngsters Sam Donkin, who kept a clean sheet in the Corby goal, Curtis Hartley and Elliott Bentley.
And he was also impressed with the performance of former Oadby Town man Rob Morgan, who has signed on a dual registration with Shepshed Dynamo.
“It was a great night for Sam and he doesn’t surprise me anymore,” Wright added.
“We are very lucky to have good goalkeepers like him and Paul Walker.
“And I thought Curtis, Elliott and Rob were all outstanding.
“Rob was at Oadby last season and the start of this and he was on my radar from last year. We have dual-registered him with Shepshed.
“He came on against Desborough and I thought he impressed again in this one.”