Tommy Wright felt it was a case of mission accomplished for Corby Town last night (Wednesday) as they moved into second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
First-half goals from Spencer Weir-Daley and Ben Milnes secured a 2-0 victory over Biggleswade Town at Steel Park as the Steelmen leapfrogged Weymouth and moved to within a point of leaders Poole Town, who now have three games in hand.
It wasn’t all plain sailing for Wright’s men as the visitors created a number of opportunities with Paul Walker being kept busy in the Corby goal.
But, as far as the targets for the evening were concerned, it was very much a case of job done for the manager.
Wright said: “We need to keep looking at little incentives for the boys week in, week out and this time the incentive was to get three points, go second and go to within a point of Poole.
“To be honest, it was all about keeping a clean sheet and getting the three points and the damage was done in the first half for us.
“The second half was a little bit flat, which is why we made the two substitutions.
“We wanted to keep Spencer wrapped up in cotton wool, it’s a hard shift up there when you are by yourself so we need to manage him.
“He got his goal in the first half and we were able to get him off with 30 minutes to go.”
The Steelmen are now preparing for a quick return fixture at Biggleswade on Saturday where they will aim to make it six wins in a row in all competitions.
And the squad were boosted by a visit from Paul Malone in the dressing-room ahead of last night’s clash.
The game came a week on after the defender suffered a horrific double leg break and a dislocated ankle during the 5-1 success over Weymouth.
A bucket collection for Malone outside the ground last night, which was organised by fans Martin Rippingale and Stuart Mclean raised £640.
The centre-half watched the game and Wright admitted it was a big boost to see him back.
“Molly came into the dressing-room before the game and I think it was nice for the boys to see him,” the Steelmen boss added.
“He is a leader and a big presence and we miss him on and off the pitch. The lads love him to bits and we were all very pleased to see him.”