Steven Leslie is glad Corby Town don’t have to rely on anyone else as they bid for survival on the final day of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division season.
The Steelmen head to Coalville Town on Saturday knowing that if they match or better Sutton Coldfield Town’s result at Workington then their great escape from the drop will be complete.
Leslie was one of the signings made by then-manager Gary Mills as he looked to rebuild the Corby squad towards the end of last year.
The left-sided player has had a key role in their revival since the start of 2017 and he scored their second goal from the penalty spot in Monday’s fine 3-0 win over Grantham Town before adding the third with a free-kick.
Mills was sacked nearly two weeks ago following a run of five matches without a win and Steve Kinniburgh has since led them to back-to-back victories to put them on the brink of safety.
And while Leslie insists he doesn’t have a “bad word to say about Mills”, he believes Kinniburgh has had a positive effect on the Corby squad at the perfect time.
“I can’t say anything negative about Gary Mills because he brought me to the club,” Leslie, who joined Corby from Solihull Moors, said.
“It didn’t work out in the end but I haven’t got a bad word to say about him.
“Steve has come in and got the lads to lift their performances and it has started to show. We are working really hard for each other all over the pitch.
“It’s in our hands and we don’t have to rely on anyone else.
“We have just got to go there and produce the same performance and the same levels. We will be calm and go about it in exactly the same way.”
Leslie was delighted to bag a couple of goals in the superb success over Grantham.
He was the coolest person in the building as he rolled home the penalty, although he admitted there was a big assist from Phil Trainer after his free-kick from the right touchline found its way in after missing everyone.
“I haven’t missed a penalty yet and I always try to wait until the keeper moves and then go the opposite way,” the midfielder said.
“I wouldn’t say I am the calmest person in that situation, I had some butterflies coming up to take it because it was a big moment to help the team so I am just glad it went in.
“I think Phil Trainer helped massively for the second one, he stood on the keeper and gave him a little nudge so he deserved as much credit as me.”