Chris Plummer hailed a “pleasing overall performance” as Corby Town maintained their interest in this season’s FA Cup.
Goals from Josh Moreman, who also missed a penalty, and the returning Ryan Semple sealed a 2-1 victory over Blue Square Bet North rivals Histon at Steel Park on Wednesday night as the Steelmen booked themselves a home clash with Ryman League Premier Division side Hendon in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday week.
Corby were forced to hang on in the final 10 minutes after Stefan Galinski was sent off for a professional foul and the Stutes pulled a goal back from the resulting free-kick.
But they saw the game out to make it four wins from four home matches since Plummer took over.
The Steelmen boss said: “I was very pleased with the performance overall.
“It was uncomfortable viewing towards the end and I felt we were in complete control until the final 10 minutes.
“Obviously the sending-off changed things. I think the referee got it right because Stefan has pulled the guy back and by the laws, it was a straight red.
“Having said that, when we got our second penalty their defender got away without a booking. It wasn’t consistent but I have no complaints about our sending-off.”
Corby will be hot favourites to book a place in the first round proper for the third year in a row when they take on Hendon a week on Saturday.
But Plummer is already treating that game with a hint of caution.
“We have got an opportunity but we have got to be very careful that we don’t become complacent and think we are already through,” he added.
“That sort of attitude can come back and bite you.
“We have to approach that game in the same manner, they are in the same round as us by right.
“We have a job to do and we will be feeling confident about our chances.”
The Corby boss also confirmed after the game that defender Carl Piergianni has joined the club having been at Blue Square Bet Premier side Stockport County last season.
He goes straight into the squad to face Altrincham at Steel Park when they return to league action on Saturday.