Malone hopes cup success breeds confidence for Steelmen

Paul Malone celebrates after scoring Corby Town's third goal in their NFA Hillier Senior Cup final win over Daventry Town. Picture by Alison Bagley
Paul Malone celebrates after scoring Corby Town's third goal in their NFA Hillier Senior Cup final win over Daventry Town. Picture by Alison Bagley

Paul Malone believes Corby Town’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup success came at the right time for them.

The Steelmen beat Daventry Town 3-1 at Sixfields on Tuesday night to claim the silverware as the popular centre-half headed home the third goal to complete the victory.

But the focus is immediately back on tomorrow’s (Saturday) penultimate game of the Blue Square Bet North season at Gloucester City as the Steelmen target a crucial win in the battle for survival in the Blue Square Bet North.

Malone insists Corby must stay focused on their own job and he believes the midweek cup success was a timely confidence-booster for the squad.

He said: “The only thing we can affect is what we do and if we pick up three points on Saturday and do it again next weekend then we will have done all we can. We will concentrate on ourselves.

“The game on Tuesday came at the right time for us. We have had some disappointing results recently and people may have looked at the cup final and said it was more or less a friendly.

“But we approached it in the right manner. We played well and that gives us confidence to take into the Gloucester game.

“It was a good night and a chance for us to take our minds off the league.

“We were up against a decent Daventry side and they had us under the cosh in the first 20 minutes but we got a goal and it was good to get back into winning ways and good habits.

“It has given us a bit of confidence going into the big game at the weekend.

“We knew we would have to ride it out and we knew they would come at us but we kept our heads pretty well.

“We made a mistake for their goal but we came back and did well, we showed there is a big difference between the levels but everyone has come off the pitch with more confidence.

“And getting the goal gives me confidence and you will always take a goal in a cup final.

“I just want to do it again on Saturday and again next weekend to help us stay up.”