Plummer happy with improvement as Steelmen’s fight goes on

Steelmen boss Chris Plummer
Steelmen boss Chris Plummer

Corby Town boss Chris Plummer said the performance of his players was a ‘vast improvement’ against FC Halifax Town on Thursday compared to the embarrassing 6-3 defeat to bottom-placed Hinckley United on Monday.

Despite losing 2-0 to Blue Square Bet North the play-off contenders, Plummer believes there are positives that can be taken from the match.

The Steelmen conceded two headers from similar positions, but Plummer remains optimistic ahead of the final few games.

“It was vast improvement on Monday’s performance against Hinckley,” he said.

“Everyone was very disappointed after the game and we wanted a quick response. I think we got that, but it was disappointing to lose two goals from very similar low-flighted corners into the box.

“It was a different mental state for the players than in the previous two matches when the expectation has been on us to win.

“Overall, I think our performance was very good and we got them worried particularly in the second-half when we dominated the game in large spells and had a lot of possession of the ball.

“We had a number of opportunities and if we had managed to get a point from the match, I don’t think anyone could have said that it wasn’t deserved.”

The Steelmen have three games left to play, the first of which is against Workington at Steel Park on tomorrow (Saturday).

“We’ve got to dust ourselves down and make sure we are prepared for the remaining games and ensure that we remain in this division,” Plummer said.

“Workington have had some good results recently, but we will go into the game confident that we can get a result.

“It’s not going to be easy. I don’t think any of the remaining games are easy, but we’ll go into it looking to get a result.”

The Steelmen are nine points ahead of Colwyn Bay who occupy the final relegation place but the Welsh side now have three games in hand on Plummer’s men.

“I’ve looked at their fixtures and they’re not easy, but anything is possible. A lot of the results have proved lately that anybody can beat anybody.

“We’ve got to make sure that we do what we need to do, rather than relying on them to slip up.

“With their games in hand, they can draw level with us on points at the minute. I think 45 points will be enough for us to stay up, but we haven’t set ourselves any targets.”

Gareth Jellyman missed Monday’s match with an injury to his Achilles and could only manage half an hour against FC Halifax Town on Thursday.

“Unfortunately Gareth got his studs caught in the ground and his knee jolted which caused a problem with his thigh.

“I think it’s more disappointing that it is a different injury to what he picked up last Saturday.

“The squad is thin and we’ve had a tough week with the fixture programme, so quite a few of the lads are walking wounded which isn’t ideal.

“Lewis (Webb) played right-back on Monday and then left-back tonight when Gareth went off. It’s great to have versatile players like that in the squad that can play any position when you need them to.”