Regardless of the outcome of Saturday’s title showdown between the two clubs, Corby Town chairman Stevie Noble expects the respect between them and Poole Town to remain firmly intact.
The winners of this weekend’s final-day clash on the south coast will be crowned Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division champions although a draw could suffice for both, depending on how Poole – who are point behind the Steelmen at present – get on in their game in hand at Weymouth this evening (Tuesday).
Respect has been a hot topic for Noble in recent weeks.
There was uproar from the Corby perspective when Truro City’s floodlights came on in the 86th minute of their 2-1 defeat in Cornwall just over a week ago.
That game was played after the original meeting between the two was ended by a floodlight failure with Corby leading 2-1 and with just four minutes remaining.
But Noble was full of praise for the way Weymouth conducted themselves during the Steelmen’s crucial 1-0 win there last Saturday and, despite so much being on the line this weekend, he is expects it to be no different at Poole.
“We were at Weymouth last weekend and they are a big club,” the Corby chairman said.
“Their people were very respectful of us and treated us like royalty - we can learn a lot from a club like that.
“Even though they needed the points to try to get into the play-offs, they were still very respectful and it was amazing the difference in experience we had in the space of seven days.
“Truro put their floodlights on in the 86th minute of our game with them, which I couldn’t believe. There was a lot of disrespect that day and it was extremely disappointing.
“We know it won’t be like that at Poole. They, like Weymouth, have some very good people down there.
“Even when we didn’t win the Red Insure Cup in the second leg there, they treated us with great respect. You can see they are a well-run club.”
Don’t miss more build-up to the Steelmen’s title decider on this website and in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph