Dramatic finish was probably what we needed, says delighted Corby boss Wright

Jordon Crawford is mobbed by his Corby Town team-mates after scoring their dramatic winner against Blyth Spartans at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Jordon Crawford is mobbed by his Corby Town team-mates after scoring their dramatic winner against Blyth Spartans at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Tommy Wright believes a dramatic finish at Steel Park was probably what Corby Town needed after they finally grabbed their first win of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division campaign.

The Steelmen looked to be cruising to victory when goals from Ben Milnes, Femi Orenuga and Danny Draper put them 3-1 up against second-placed Blyth Spartans.

Jordon Crawford scores the Steelmen's last-gasp winner

Jordon Crawford scores the Steelmen's last-gasp winner

But it looked like the three points had gone begging when the visitors struck in the 87th and 89th minutes to make it 3-3.

However, in the most dramatic of finishes, youngster Jordon Crawford scored his second goal in three matches in stoppage-time to wrap up a 4-3 success and hand Corby their first league victory since February.

And while Wright admitted he would have preferred a more comfortable win, he believes the way his team did break their barren run was somewhat fitting.

“I’d prefer it if we didn’t take it down to the wire like that because you are left pulling your hair out and going grey because of the pressure,” the Steelmen boss said.

Blyth Spartans looked to have earned a point with this goal before Corby Town hit back to win 4-3

Blyth Spartans looked to have earned a point with this goal before Corby Town hit back to win 4-3

“We were 3-1 up and dominating the game and then we have conceded two quick goals and you can’t do that.

“But to then go and win it the way we did, perhaps that’s just what we needed.

“And with the feeling it brought, I am sure the fans would have preferred us to win it that way instead of winning 3-1.

“It added to the excitement and it felt like the Corby Town of old, doing it the hard way!”

Wright again paid tribute to homegrown talent Crawford who has become a darling of the Steel Park terraces after scoring on his first senior start in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with leaders Buxton.

“I have known Jordon for four years and he is what he is,” Wright added.

“He’s a young, confident kid who is scared of nothing.

“He’s a small lad but he’s a menace, he doesn’t give any centre-half a moment of peace.

“He has proven that he is a clinical finisher.

“The fans came out again and I think he is one of the reasons why.

“They want to see young, local players performing and that’s what Jordon is doing at the moment.”

The Steelmen are back in action on Tuesday night when they head to leaders Buxton in a quick reverse fixture after last weekend’s home clash with them had been brought forward following both clubs’ early exits from the FA Cup.