Mackenzie happy to be leading from the back

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Chris Mackenzie will feel a sense of great pride as well as responsibility when Corby Town face FC Halifax Town tomorrow.

The popular keeper will skipper the Steelmen in the absence of the suspended Phil Gulliver.

And, after leading the team to their first-ever win over Solihull Moors on New Year’s Day, Mackenzie now hopes they can make it two wins in a row in the Blue Square Bet North by completing a league double over Halifax.

“Solihull is not the first time I’ve captained a side but it was the first time I’ve done it for Corby so it was quite an honour,” he said.

“I quite enjoyed it and as a Corby man through and through it was something I took great pride in it.

“It’s been some years coming and it was unexpected but I’ll take it now and see how it goes from there.

“And if we can win again tomorrow and build on that result at Solihull then that will be great for everyone.”

Being the keeper, Mackenzie cannot exactly lead from the front in games but he is quite happy to lead from the back.

“It can be a bit of an issue for referees at times but I’m not averse to making myself known in games so if I need to head out of the goal to speak to the referee then I will do,” he added.

Mackenzie’s main aim tomorrow will be ensuring Corby do something about their mediocre home record of late by beating one of their play-off rivals at Steel Park for the first time.

“It’s a bit sickening to look at the league table and see the sides who are above us and see that they’ve all beaten us,” he continued.

“But we are still right in there for the play-offs and if we are serious above achieving that then we have to beat Halifax.

“The win at Solihull was great because we’ve been in a dip for a while but we must now take that on into tomorrow’s game.

“Solihull was only one game and you have to take it on its merits but hopefully this will now be the start of a progression back up the league.

“What we need to do is concentrate on doing the same good things week in, week out.

“If we can have the same approach, same intensity and same desire against Halifax that we had at Solihull then we shouldn’t go too far wrong.

“We have been on a bad run but you can only go so long being so poor before you realise what you’re doing wrong.

“The win last week was down to a combination of things from the manager giving us a few harsh words to the fact that we’d played Solihull recently and knew what to expect.

“We won’t have that luxury tomorrow but it’s down to us as players to have the right mental approach.

“And if we do that, we can compete with most teams in the league.

“Halifax had a slow start but they’ve found their feet now and they know what this league’s about.

“But we’ve beaten them once and we’ve got a bit of pace about us, which I think they fear, so it should be an even game.”

Tomorrow also marks the first anniversary of the death of former chairman Peter Mallinger.

And Mackenzie appreciates the importance of the day and the need for the team to deliver.

“We said at the start of the season that us being in our new ground was all about the fans as well as the players,” he said.

“Good home form is vital and Steel Park is where we want to do best.”