Semple hopes Steelmen can bounce back in “massive game”

Ryan Semple

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Ryan Semple believes next weekend’s home clash with Blue Square Bet North bottom markers Hinckley United is a “massive game” for Corby Town.

The Steelmen will be back at Steel Park after suffering two successive 2-1 away defeats, the second of which came at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.

Semple’s thumping header brought Corby level at 1-1 in the first half in Hertfordshire but they were undone by a late goal as Blair Sturrock as the home side nicked all the points.

“We are very disappointed with the result,” Semple said.

“I thought we controlled the game for long periods but we got very sloppy towards the end and we were giving the ball away in silly areas when we should have been keeping it.

“Conceding late goals is always disappointing and that was the second on the bounce for us. As a group, we have only got ourselves to blame for it.

“But we have to try to take positives and we did control the game at times. We just need to make that count and see teams off. Two losses in a row is very disappointing.

“We are going to be down in the dumps for a bit but we have to get back on the training ground and be positive.

“We are a good side but we have to put it into every match and next Saturday is a massive game for us now.”

Semple, meanwhile, was happy enough to get on the scoresheet as he converted Jason Crowe’s pin-point cross with a rare header.

He added: “It is a goal that hasn’t got anything but the ball in from Jason was brilliant. I don’t score many headers and I couldn’t miss that one.”