Steelmen can start ‘looking upwards’ after an important week

Jordon Crawford celebrates with Liam Marshall after the young striker scored Corby Town's stoppage-time winner against Blyth Spartans. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Jordon Crawford celebrates with Liam Marshall after the young striker scored Corby Town's stoppage-time winner against Blyth Spartans. Pictures by Alison Bagley
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Tommy Wright believes his Corby Town squad can start “looking upwards” after they finally broke their duck at Steel Park on Saturday.

Having been 3-1 up against second-placed Blyth Spartans, it looked like the Steelmen’s wait for a first Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division win of the season would go on when Blyth struck twice in the dying minutes to make it 3-3.

Tommy Wright watches on as Ben Milnes gets on the ball for Corby Town against Blyth Spartans

Tommy Wright watches on as Ben Milnes gets on the ball for Corby Town against Blyth Spartans

But Jordon Crawford was the last action hero as his stoppage-time goal secured a 4-3 victory – Corby’s first in any league match since February.

It was the perfect end to a good week for Wright’s team as they drew 1-1 with current leaders Buxton before thrashing Peterborough Northern Star 5-0 in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.

“We got the performance against Buxton and we were unlucky not to win,” Wright said.

“Then we got the goals on Wednesday and then we have got the goals and victory we have all been waiting for.

The Steelmen celebrate their late winner at Steel Park

The Steelmen celebrate their late winner at Steel Park

“The lads deserved everything they got from playing against two of the best teams in the division.

“We have stood toe-to-toe with them and shown that we aren’t this bad football team that some people think we might be.

“I think we can start looking upwards. We won’t get carried away but I do think I have a decent team here.

“And that squad is only going to get stronger with the likes of Callum Ball and Shaquille Whittingham coming back into it. It will give me a welcome selection problem.”

The Steelmen are now preparing for a quick reverse fixture at Buxton tomorrow (Tuesday) night after last weekend’s match at Steel Park had been brought forward following both clubs’ early exits from the FA Cup.

And, despite them beginning to get their season back on track, Wright doesn’t want any complacency to creep in.

“I think they (Buxton) probably came to us with a bit of complacency and they got out of jail in the end,” he added.

“They may now look at it and think we have turned a corner.

“But what I don’t want any complacency from us just because we had a decent week.

“We need to go there and show we have turned that corner, we have to keep it going.”