Semple: Steelmen know what they have to do

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Ryan Semple insists the Corby Town players know what they need to do to ensure they get back to winning ways sooner rather than later in the Blue Square Bet North.

The Steelmen went down to a third successive defeat when they were beaten 2-1 at play-off contenders Altrincham at the weekend.

But the performance was a marked improvement on the two previous games that had seen Chris Plummer’s side hammered by Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town.

The latest defeat saw Corby slip to 18th place in the table, still eight points clear of the relegation zone.

And Semple, who brought his side level with his seventh goal of the season at Moss Lane, knows he and his team-mates must continue to produce similar displays in the remainder of the season.

“We were sat talking with the manager in the dressing-room after the game and we all know that was more like the effort and performance level we need every single week,” Semple said.

“We could have been tighter earlier on but as the game went on we grew into it, got a goal back and in the second half we put it to them. We were unfortunate not to get the second goal.

“We’ve got to be looking to put in performances like that, not just when we have the ball but when we don’t have it as well.

“Everything was so much better. The organisation, the work-rate and the application to go and press people together, not just in ones when you get picked off. Now we have to try to take that into every game.

“If we do that then we will win more games than we lose.”

Semple was delighted to grab another goal at the weekend and he was only denied a second when Altrincham goalkeeper Stuart Coburn tipped his header onto the crossbar.

“It was a great switch of play from Liam Richardson for my goal and I had a touch and just wanted to hit the target,” he added.

“Then I have hit the bar with the goalkeeper making a great save from my header and to be honest I should have scored again at the start of the second half.

“I could have had three or four and I am really disappointed. I am happy to have scored but I could have had more. And, of course, the most disappointing thing is that we haven’t taken at least a point.”

The Steelmen’s next assignment is another tough one as they take on champions-elect Chester at Steel Park on Saturday.