Hot-shot Tshimanga set to stay with Steelmen

Corby Town celebrate Kabongo Tshimanga's goal against Bradford Park Avenue. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Corby Town celebrate Kabongo Tshimanga's goal against Bradford Park Avenue. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Kabongo Tshimanga looks set to stay on loan at Corby Town for a further two months.

The Milton Keynes Dons youngster continued his impressive scoring form for the Steelmen as he made it five goals in four games when grabbing the opener in yesterday’s (Saturday) 2-0 success over Bradford Park Avenue at Steel Park.

Kabongo Tshimanga scores Corby Town's first goal against Bradford Park Avenue

Kabongo Tshimanga scores Corby Town's first goal against Bradford Park Avenue

The victory, which was sealed by Spencer Weir-Daley’s first goal of the season, saw Tommy Wright’s side maintain their unbeaten start to the Vanarama National League North campaign.

Tshimanga, who hit an eight-minute hat-trick in the 3-3 draw at Hednesford Town last Tuesday, had been due to have just three more matches in a Corby shirt after joining on a one-month loan deal.

But Wright rounded off what he described as a “perfect afternoon” by confirming a deal to keep the young frontman at Steel Park for two more months is set to be completed this week.

“Kabongo will be staying,” the Steelmen boss said.

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue

“It’s not signed and sealed but all parties are happy for him to continue here.

“I expect a two-month extension to be signed off in the early part of the week, which will be good news for us, for the group and for the club as a whole.

“Everyone is happy and hopefully he can continue his form.”

As far as the win - Corby’s second of the season - was concerned, Wright was delighted to see his team pick up their first clean sheet of the campaign.

And he admitted it was a relief to see last season’s top scorer Weir-Daley open his account.

“It was the perfect afternoon,” Wright added.

“We really wanted the clean sheet, it didn’t matter whether we score one, two, three or four goals ourselves.

“The boys deserved it. They defended like warriors and lions and they matched everything that was thrown against them.

“If we can keep clean sheets, I will always back our boys to score goals.

“Spencer needed that goal and he was disappointed he only got the one.

“But it was really pleasing for me to see him score that goal and I sensed it was a relief for the fans as well.”

Defender Duane Courtney missed the clash due to a knee problem but Wright expects him to be fit for the bank holiday double-header next weekend as the Steelmen head to Lowestoft Town on Saturday before they host Solihull Moors a week on Monday.

“It was more to protect him and not make it worse,” Wright said of the decision to leave Courtney out.

“I thought we had enough and it proved right. I didn’t want to risk Duane.

“He has a full week at it now and we will see how he is later on.”