Steelmen hero McKenzie happy to be a ‘super sub’

Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin
Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Leon McKenzie insists he doesn’t mind being known as a ‘super sub’ after he inspired Corby Town to complete a stirring fightback against Hayes & Yeading United in the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

The Steelmen looked to be heading for defeat against the Blue Square Bet South side as they trailed 2-0 at half-time at Steel Park on Saturday.

Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin

But Carl Piergianni pulled a goal back before experienced striker McKenzie came off the bench with 20 minutes to go.

He set up the equaliser for skipper Jason Crowe and then stole the glory with a dramatic stoppage-time header to win it.

And McKenzie, who will this week see his autobiography go on sale on Thursday, believes the character within the Corby dressing-room is beginning to show itself on the pitch.

“I don’t mind being known as super-sub to be honest. Playing 20 minutes is perfect for me to come on and do what I do,” he said.

Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin

Action from Corby's FA Carlsberg Trophy win over Hayes & Yeading. Pictures by Kit Mallin

“We finished the game well and we could have had more goals. They went 2-0 up despite not playing that much better than us but we showed great character to come out like we did in the second half. And I am glad I have come on to help change the game again.

“Everyone respects each other and the boys get on well. There is a good atmosphere and the manager and his staff are doing a great job. That is showing now.

“I know I am not able to play every game but hopefully I can stay around and when I get the opportunity to come on then I will do my best to make a difference.”

Steelmen boss Chris Plummer also paid tribute to the impact McKenzie had at the weekend.

He said: “We know that Leon is an impact player rather than a starter but what an impact he makes.

“It is three or four times now that we have brought it on when we have been behind and he has come on and made the difference and helped us win the game.

“He is very important to us and he is a class act. He was brilliant when he came on and I am delighted for him.”