Steelmen squad agree to play on

The Corby Town players have agreed to carry on playing following a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram over wages owed to them. Picture by Alison Bagley
The Corby Town players have agreed to carry on playing following a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram over wages owed to them. Picture by Alison Bagley
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The Corby Town squad have agreed to play on at Chesham United following a late night meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram after their fine victory over St Albans City last night (Wednesday).

The Steelmen secured their second successive win at Steel Park against another team higher than them in the Calor League Premier Division thanks to second-half goals from joint-boss Tommy Wright and Greg Mills, who scored from the penalty spot.

The victory came after a tough early part of the week where it was revealed there had been a delay in paying the players’ wages due to cashflow problems caused by a dispute between the club and Corby Borough Council over funding.

Wright and the players were locked in a meeting with Ingram following last night’s game while fellow joint-manager Andrew Wilson addressed the media.

And Wright has now revealed details of that meeting, which he says have resulted in the players all understanding the current situation at the club.

He said: “We had a planned meeting, the players ‎wanted to sit down and seek assurances from the chairman and they have agreed to play on Saturday.

“Wages wise, we are close to being able to pay those and it will hopefully be a case of a few days where the chairman will be in a position.

“He is working hard behind the scenes and the players all understand the situation. The pleasing thing for me is how close they are as a group and they have proven the dedication to the club by staying put.”

The win over St Albans, which saw the Steelmen finish with nine men after Nathan Stanton and Claudiu Hoban were both sent off for second bookable offences while the visitors’ veteran goalkeeper Paul Bastock also saw red, resulted in Corby moving into seventh place in the league table and to within eight points of the play-off places.

Wright was delighed with how they performed and he believes the situation at the club has made the squad “fight for these points”.

“I was delighted with the performance and I am so proud of the lads,” he added.

“They have played brilliantly in the last two games and in a way I think this situation has made them fight for these points.

“We know what we can achieve, we all have the same goals and I think that’s showing in the performances.”

It is sure to be another stern test for the Steelmen on Saturday as they head to a Chesham side who sit second in the league.