Kinniburgh full of praise as Steelmen close in on safety

Steve Kinniburgh and the Corby Town players applaud the fans following their fine 3-0 victory over Grantham Town. Picture by Alison Bagley
Steve Kinniburgh and the Corby Town players applaud the fans following their fine 3-0 victory over Grantham Town. Picture by Alison Bagley
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Steve Kinniburgh paid tribute to the Corby Town players after a fine Easter Monday success put them on the brink of pulling off the great escape from relegation.

The Steelmen produced one of their best displays of the season as they beat play-off contenders Grantham Town 3-0 in front of the highest crowd of the season at Steel Park.

That win came on the back of a 1-0 success at Stafford Rangers and puts Corby in control of their own destiny on the final day of the season.

The Steelmen travel to Coalville Town still ahead of Sutton Coldfield Town, who make the long trip to Workington on the final day, on goal difference.

Corby lost 4-0 at Grantham on Boxing Day, a result which at the time left them bottom of the table and 12 points adrift of safety.

But, after a fine turnaround under Gary Mills who was sacked just over a week ago, Corby are now set to finish the job off under the leadership of Kinniburgh.

He said: “We wanted it to go to the last day.

“Before the game on Saturday it wasn’t in our hands and we had two games to turn that around.

“We have done that, the boys have been absolutely fantastic and they have got the six points and put us in pole position to try to stay up.

“They are not a bad side Grantham, they are at the top end for a reason and we had to make sure we were up against them.

“They turned us over on Boxing Day and I felt we had to try to get our own back on them.

“But you can’t just go full throttle at them, there had to be a game plan, there had to be a way to play against them and the boys stuck to that and just going at them.

“We wanted to play football in the right areas and when we played our one, two, three-touch football we were moving it quickly.

“We have to play with what we have got and I thought we did that exceptionally well.”