Takeover complete as Steelmen finish with a win

Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson
Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson

A consortium of local businessmen have completed their takeover of Corby Town.

The news was confirmed ahead of the Steelmen’s final game of the Calor League Premier Division campaign, which they won 2-0 against already-relegated Bedford Town at Steel Park.

The deal to end Kevin Ingram’s two-year reign as chairman sees a consortium take control of the club immediately and the group is being led by Paul Glass, who has been involved at Steel Park since last summer.

Glass said: “On behalf of the consortium we would like to thank Kevin for, first of all saving the club in 2012 and for his contribution over the past two years.

“We will not make any further comment at this time, but will issue a further release shortly.”

Ingram added: “The time is right for me to move on and I wish Paul and his team every success as they move forwards.”

On the pitch, the Steelmen created the better chances in a goalless first half with Greg Mills forcing Lee Crockett into a save from the edge of the box while Pa Njie rattled the post with a 25-yard free-kick.

Corby were denied by the woodwork again when Sam Ives’ shot into the ground bounced up and struck the crossbar.

But the hosts were in front just four minutes later when Greg Mills was bundled over in the area by Paul Cooper and Mills picked himself up to beat Crockett from 12 yards.

Bedford’s task was made harder when they were reduced to 10 men with Dan Burke seeing red for a second bookable offence.

And the Steelmen made the game safe with 14 minutes to go when a neat move ended with Sam Ives beating Crockett.

There were no problems for Corby as they saw the game out to round off their campaign in style.

And it seems there is a great deal of hope for the future as well...

Steelmen: Carpenter, May, Ives, Carruthers, Thomas, McGowan, Mills, John, Njie, Barton, Mafini. Subs: Wilson, Walker, Clarke, Wright.

Bedford: Crockett, McGoldrick, Cooper, Burke, Woodward, Wright, Nash, Powell, Rawlings, Ose-Addo, Parker. Subs: Davis, Birch, Kabeya, Thomas.

Goals: Mills pen (59 mins, 1-0), Ives (76 mins, 2-0).

Attendance: 550.