Steelmen have the belief, says skipper Jelleyman

Corby Town captain Gareth Jelleyman is ready for this weekend's big clash with Stourbridge
Corby Town captain Gareth Jelleyman is ready for this weekend's big clash with Stourbridge

Corby Town could throw themselves right into the thick of the race for the Calor League Premier Division play-off places over the next week.

The Steelmen currently sit eight points behind Stourbridge, who occupy the final play-off spot, with two games in hand.

Stourbridge are the visitors to Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday) before another of the contenders, Poole Town, also head to Corby next Wednesday.

Despite last weekend’s 2-1 defeat at second-placed Chesham United, Corby could yet have a say in who gets the chance to extend their season beyond the end of April.

Their form at Steel Park has been impressive of late as they head into Saturday’s clash on the back of three wins in a row on their own ground, including victories over St Albans City and Bideford who are both in the shake-up.

And captain Gareth Jelleyman insists there is belief within the Steelmen squad that they can nick one of the top-five positions.

“Every game is massive for us now,” he said.

“The more matches we can win, the more pressure we will put on those sides above us. We definitely think we can achieve something.

“Even though we lost last Saturday, when I look back on it now we created a lot of chances against the team who are second in the league.

“The belief in the boys is as high as it has been all season.

“It looked a long way off a month ago but we have put ourselves in a great position and the belief is there.

“Now we have the chance to go and show everyone that we are in the race.”

Corby have continued to pick up some good results in tough times recently.

While the dispute between the club and Corby Borough Council over a cut in funding and the need for a state-of-the-are sports pavilion to be built at their home ground is yet to be resolved, it was revealed earlier this week that the Steelmen players had received the wages that were owed to them after some cashflow problems at Steel Park.

And Jelleyman feels the fact that no player “jumped ship” only goes to show the strength of the squad at present.

The Steelmen skipper added: “If I am honest, I think everything that has happened off the field has just pulled the squad closer together.

“Some of the lads were getting offered chances to leave and I think clubs saw that there may have been a few issues here and started to test the water.

“But the boys believe we have a good bunch here and it is a squad that is as good as any other in the league.

“The fact that no-one jumped ship just shows that we all feel we can achieve something with Corby.”