Goal hero Liam Hughes was impressed with the character Corby Town showed as they battled back to earn another shot at Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth in the second round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.
The Blue Square Bet North Steelmen will do it all again with the Lambs under the floodlights at Steel Park on Wednesday after Hughes’ last-minute header sealed a 1-1 draw at The Lamb.
Striker Hughes produced a fine display alongside Paul Malone at the heart of the defence having been asked to fill the gap left by Stefan Galinski returning to Derby County and Carl Piergianni’s suspension.
And he topped off that performance with a thumping header from Sam Ives’ corner – his fourth goal since arriving on loan from Cambridge United – that sealed a deserved replay.
“I was asked to do a job for the team because of the unfortunate situation we have been put in with Stefan (Galinski) going back and Carl Piergianni being suspended and I was happy to do it,” Hughes said.
“I am happy to do a job wherever I am put and I will always give 100 per cent.
“I thought the performance from the team was brilliant and I am just lucky it was me who was able to get the goal we deserved.
“It is good to score at any time and it is nice to keep them flowing, even though I was playing at the back.
“It was a great result against higher opposition and we performed well. Now we need to do the same on Wednesday.
“I thought we were well worth the draw, if not a win. We dominated the first half and we had to ride our luck a bit after half-time.
“But we showed great character to come from 1-0 down, away from home and against a team from a higher level. It just shows what this group of players is all about.”
Hughes insists there is no way Corby will be “underestimating” Marcus Law’s side when they welcome them to Steel Park on Wednesday.
But he also believes the Steelmen will fancy their chances of progressing.
“We will go again and we won’t be underestimating Tamworth, they are a decent team,” he added.
“But we know what we are all about. We will give anyone a game on our day so we will fancy our chances on Wednesday.”