Johnson leaves Steelmen with his head held high

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Eddie Johnson was able to leave Corby Town with his head held high last night (Wednesday).

Johnson took temporary charge of the Steelmen following the departure of Tommy Wright and, after two successive defeats, was able to depart on a high note as he guided them to a much-needed 2-0 success over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park.

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night

The win, in which Shaquille Whittingham and Andre Johnson scored the goals, lifted Corby off the foot of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division and ended a run of six defeats in a row.

Ahead of the game, it was confirmed that Gary Mills had been named the new permanent manager of the club with David Bell joining as his assistant.

And Johnson was a happy man as he emerged from the manager’s office at Steel Park for the final time.

“I am delighted for the club and the group of boys in there,” he said.

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night

Action from Corby Town's 2-0 victory over Frickley Athletic at Steel Park last night

“It’s been a couple of weeks of hard work and to finish like that for myself, personally, is brilliant but I thought the boys put a great shift in and deserved the win.

“Going into the dressing-room at the end, the boys were absolutely buzzing and it’s the first time I have seen that since I have been here.

“I am made up to leave it in that state and hopefully the boys can move on from there.

“Things were left in a certain way and there were pieces to be picked up.

“I have just tried to remain as professional as I can and do the job I was asked to do.

“I actually told them (the board) a couple of weeks back that it was probably best if they got someone into the job who knew the league a bit better and knew a few more players to strengthen the group.

“I have enjoyed the win and I am pleased that the club now have someone in place.”