It’s not good enough, says Corby boss Wright

Edi Appleton heads Corby Town into an early lead against Bideford but the Steelmen went on to lose 2-1 at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Edi Appleton heads Corby Town into an early lead against Bideford but the Steelmen went on to lose 2-1 at Steel Park. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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A furious Tommy Wright admitted it was “not good enough” as Corby Town suffered a second defeat in a row in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

The Steelmen took an early lead against struggling Bideford at Steel Park thanks to Edi Appleton’s second goal in as many games.

Football Action: Corby: Corby Town FC 'Corby Town FC vs Bideford Town FC 'Corby's goal scored in the 2nd minute'Saturday 29th November 2014 NNL-141129-201309009

Football Action: Corby: Corby Town FC 'Corby Town FC vs Bideford Town FC 'Corby's goal scored in the 2nd minute'Saturday 29th November 2014 NNL-141129-201309009

But, from there, the performance of Wright’s men deteriorated as they allowed the visitors back into it before they secured all three points with just seven minutes left on the clock.

Corby still sit in second place but missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Poole Town.

And Wright wasn’t in the mood to mix his words as he conceded he may have to consider “shuffling the pack” in the wake of a bad week for his team.

“It’s not good enough,” he said.

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Football Action: Corby: Corby Town FC 'Corby Town FC vs Bideford Town FC 'Saturday 29th November 2014 NNL-141129-201416009

“I give the lads all the confidence they need to the point where I say publicly that I am happy with the squad and that I am sticking by them.

“But I can’t keep saying these nice things because two defeats in the league on the spin is not good enough against teams that should have been six points for us. We have got none.

“I am the one who will take the flack from my bosses and the boys have heard what I have to say about them.

“It could be a busy weekend for me now. I have big decisions to make as to whether I stick with what I got or whether I start shuffling the pack a little bit because I can’t keep accepting this.

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Football Action: Corby: Corby Town FC 'Corby Town FC vs Bideford Town FC 'Saturday 29th November 2014 NNL-141129-201714009

“I want to have a good season. I’m not settling for second best, I am not consolidating and working for next year. I am here to do something this season.”

Wright was disappointed as his team failed to build on their fine start to the game.

He piled the praise on the visitors and revealed he made his players listen to their unique celebrations in the dressing-room afterwards.

“You couldn’t have wished for a better start against a team who are struggling and who have conceded 50 goals,” he added.

“I have so much praise for them. They have had to drive for four hours in their cars, they have gone 1-0 down after two minutes and they have won a game of football away from home against the team who are second in the table.

“If you are their manager, you must be the proudest man. They were singing karaoke in the dressing-room and I opened up our door so our boys could listen to Bideford singing One Direction and Ed Sheeran to them.”

The Steelmen take on fellow high-fliers Redditch United on Wednesday night but their home clash with Weymouth, which was due to be played on December 13 will have to be re-arranged after the Terras were successful in the FA Trophy yesterday.

Corby, meanwhile, will travel to Division One Central side Royston Town in the third round of the Red Insure Cup. The tie is due to be played on Tuesday, January 6.