Kinniburgh wants ‘heart and desire’ for Steelmen’s vital weekend

Steve Kinniburgh takes charge of his first league game with Corby Town as they head to Stafford Rangers in their battle to survive
Steve Kinniburgh takes charge of his first league game with Corby Town as they head to Stafford Rangers in their battle to survive
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Steve Kinniburgh believes Corby Town can battle their way out of trouble as long as they show “heart and desire” in their final three games.

It’s been a whirlwind week for the Steelmen after Gary Mills was sacked following the 2-0 home defeat to Whitby Town last weekend, which saw them drop back into the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Academy director and first-team coach Kinniburgh was placed in charge for the remainder of the season and he watched on as Corby produced an impressive display in Tuesday’s NFA Hillier Cup final against Kettering Town at Sixfields, although it was the Poppies who triumphed 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes.

But the Steelmen must now focus on a crucial Easter weekend.

They are three points adrift of safety ahead of tomorrow’s (Saturday) trip to Stafford Rangers, which is followed by a home clash with Grantham Town on Monday afternoon.

And Kinniburgh is adamant Corby can still pull off their great escape as long as they reproduce the sort of display they showed in midweek.

“We have the away game and then we are back at home and hopefully we can get a passionate crowd in there on Monday to cheer the boys over the line,” the temporary boss said.

“Let’s just go and see what happens. I said when I joined in January when we pretty much down and dusted that I was looking forward to it. It was going to be good fun because I have never been involved in anything like this.

“This football club will go on next season, it’s not going to die on its feet because it’s been relegated.

“But we want to do everything we possibly can to stay in this league because I think we can go and kick on.

“They have got three games to go and show a bit of heart and desire and if they do that and play like they did on Tuesday night then I think we will get there.”