Off-field issues taking their toll on Steelmen

Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson
Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson has admitted the off-field issues “aren’t helping” Corby Town after they were well beaten by Hungerford Town.

The in-form visitors claimed a 2-0 success at Steel Park as the Steelmen were unable to build on the 3-1 win over AFC Totton on Wednesday.

But joint-boss Wilson firmly believes the off-field issues, which stem from the club being at loggerheads over various issues with Corby Borough Council, are beginning to take their toll.

Wilson confirmed some players have been paid while others haven’t and he also revealed that he and fellow manager Tommy Wright are now having to work to a “reduced budget”.

“We weren’t good enough,” Wilson said.

“They came with a gameplan, they played long and in behind and stopped us playing from the back.

“Their tactics worked and we couldn’t get going. Goals change games and we had a very good chance midway through the first half that we didn’t take and if that had gone in then maybe the result and performance would have been better.

“The cut off date for signing players has come and gone and the situation behind the scenes is still not resolved. There are issues.

“Some people have been paid and some haven’t been paid. We are working to a reduced budget now, which means that all of those who were on our bench today weren’t getting paid a penny.

“That affects the decisions you make during the game because if you don’t put those players on and give them some kind of incentive to be here.

“I am just sick of it now. It sounds like an excuse. We weren’t good enough and you can’t take anything away from Hungerford.

“But the off-the-field things really don’t help. Having a reduced budget and having players who we have never seen play before on our bench doesn’t help.

“We are having to play some lads out of position so we have strength in key areas. It’s very difficult and very frustrating for Tommy and I.

“The budget has been reduced and I guess that is because we can’t get promoted and we can’t get relegated.

“And I guess it’s because there are off-the-field issues in terms of we are saying the council owe us money and they are saying something else.

“I don’t really understand it. All Tommy and I want to do is concentrate on football, have a budget, work with a group of players, it’s our call who we bring in and who we get rid of and then we will be responsible for the results.

“At the minute, it is out of our hands who we bring in and who we let go of.”

Despite the ongoing problems, Wilson insists there is no chance of him and Wright walking away from the Steelmen.

He added: “We are in it together and we are trying to do everything we can to put it right.

“It’s so frustrating and I don’t want people to feel sorry for us because we will be stronger for it in the long run.

“Walking away can’t be an option. That would leaving a sinking ship.

“We came in because we bought into the ideas and the plans of the club. It is frustrating that it’s not happening at the moment.

“We don’t want to walk away. There are a lot of good people here and there are a lot of good things going on.

“It is very frustrating but we want to see it through until the end of the season and then see what happens.”