Tommy Wright praised his Corby Town side for winning “the ugly way” as they made it back-to-back away wins in the Calor League Premier Division.
Two goals in the space of nine second-half minutes from Aman Verma and Chris Carruthers proved decisive for the Steelmen as they claimed a fine 2-0 success at Hitchin Town.
They were forced to see out the latter stages with only 10 men after goalkeeper Paul Walker was sent off for handling outside the penalty area with Josh Carpenter coming on in place of midfielder Nathan Rooney to make his league debut between the sticks.
The game was played in tough conditions as the two teams were forced off due to a storm shortly after the second half started.
And joint-manager Wright was delighted with another three points and he and fellow boss Andrew Wilson target a charge for the play-off places in the second half of the season.
“The weather and the pitches, as they are at the moment, aren’t allowing us to play the sort of football we want to,” Wright said.
“Hopefully the time will come for us to be able to do that again. But we are now showing that we are able to win games the ugly way.
“We are digging out results and that is what you have to do sometimes. It breeds confidence and we are gaining a bit of momentum.
“It looked like the game would be abandoned because it absolutely leathered it down just after half-time.
“But then we scored and we were obviously hoping the game would finish. We are delighted to have got through it, especially after seeing it out at the end.
“Goals change games and they hit the post with the free-kick that was awarded when Paul was sent off. If that had gone in then the last few minutes might have been very tough for us.”
The Steelmen will be looking to make it three away wins in a row when they head to Hungerford Town on Tuesday night. And Wright is hoping that game also survives the weather.
“We have won two games in a row and we have momentum, we want to keep that going,” he added.
“The only way that will happen is if the games keep coming so we hope Tuesday will be on and then hopefully we can play a home match next weekend.
“It was just nice to play a game of football on Saturday. We looked a bit leggy in the first half and that was simply because we haven’t played much lately.
“Now we just need the weather to improve and the games to keep coming.”