Corby Town’s new management team were delighted with a fine start to life at Steel Park as they booked their place in tomorrow’s (Monday) FA Cup second qualifying round draw.
Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright were appointed as the permanent successors to Chris Plummer at the start of the week and the joint-managers’ first outing couldn’t have gone much better as goals from Paul Malone, Tom Berwick and Josh Moreman secured a comfortable 3-0 home success over Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Barwell.
That was a fourth home win in a row for the Steelmen and Wilson was delighted with the way the squad reacted in the days leading up to the cup clash.
“It is a brilliant start, we enjoyed that,” Wilson said.
“We came in during the week and prepared as well as we could. We kept it fairly simple and to be through to the next round of the FA Cup is brilliant for the club.
“We are just happy that things have gone well in the first game. The lads have reacted well throughout the week and the work they have put in has given us the reward we wanted.
“We will see who we get. We don’t really mind who it is to be honest.”
As expected, Wright started the game in attack with Moreman and Berwick playing off him and he was delighted to get 90 minutes under his belt as well as picking up a good result in his first-ever game as a manager.
Wright said: “I was getting a bit leggy towards the end and then I had to play in the midfield!
“But I loved every minute of it out there. It is the start of a new era for the club and we want to take it forward.
“Tom especially is probably not used to playing in a wider role but we both spoke to him prior to the game and he grew into it.
“His work rate was fantastic and it was great to see both him and Josh on the scoresheet. We have to take confidence from the way we performed and between the three of us, I think we will be a threat going forward.”
The new bosses have already made one new addition to the squad as Birmingham City youngster Brad Gascoigne made his debut alongside Malone at the heart of the defence.
And Wilson added: “I thought Brad was superb. He was strong and he grew into the game. He was previously at Birmingham City so he has a good pedigree.
“In terms of the current players, we have a good crop. If we want to bring new ones in then we will probably have to ship one or two out. But we want to give everyone a fair crack of the whip.”
Saturday’s win, however, looks to have come at a price after Corby captain Gareth Jelleyman confirmed on Twitter that he has broken his jaw in two places after going off injured late on in the game.