Chris Plummer paid tribute to his Corby Town players’ battling spirit as they boosted their survival hopes in the Blue Square Bet North in dramatic style.
With results elsewhere going against them, the Steelmen were all set to be a point behind their nearest relegation rivals and facing the possibility of being relegated without playing in midweek.
But, just as their clash at Gloucester City appeared to be heading for a 0-0 draw, midfielder Nat Wedderburn fired home a sensational 25-yard strike into the top corner to secure a priceless 1-0 success.
Having dropped into the bottom three on Thursday night, the Steelmen got themselves out of it at the first attempt and were replaced by Histon, who could only manage a 1-1 draw with Boston United.
The Stutes and Colwyn Bay, who are level on points with Corby but have a better goal difference, both play their games in hand this week but the Steelmen’s victory means the battle for survival will go to the final day when they face Gainsborough Trinity at Steel Park.
And Plummer admitted he thought his team were going to have to settle for a draw until Wedderburn popped up with the brilliant winner.
“It was vital that we got the three points and we left it very late,” the Corby boss said.
“We had most of the game and lots of chances from set-pieces but we had ones blocked on the line and there were times when we were blocking them ourselves.
“But we stuck at it, even when the chances wouldn’t go in. We kept going and eventually it took something very special to win it for us.
“It was a decent passing move and Nat has finished it with a superb shot into the top corner. It is a massive victory for us.”
Colwyn Bay play their game in hand at Bradford Park Avenue tomorrow (Monday) night before Histon travel to Solihull Moors on Tuesday.
The worst case scenario for Corby will be for them to be two points behind the Stutes going into next weekend. But, either way, victory over Gainsborough will be a must.
And Plummer added: “It is no different to any other league. There are strange results all over the place and you never really know what is going to happen.
“It makes it exciting but it also makes it very nerve-wracking for everyone. Bu our week now will all be focused on trying to get three points next weekend.”