Wilson hopeful of brighter times for Steelmen

Greg Mills gets on the ball for Corby Town during their 3-1 defeat to Arlesey Town. Pictures by Andrew Carpenter
Greg Mills gets on the ball for Corby Town during their 3-1 defeat to Arlesey Town. Pictures by Andrew Carpenter
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Andrew Wilson is hopeful the impending takeover at Corby Town will be “good news” for the club.

The Steelmen were beaten 3-1 by Arlesey Town in the Calor League Premier Division at Steel Park yesterday as their season continues to peter out.

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

But the big news came ahead of kick-off as it was confirmed chairman Kevin Ingram has agreed a deal to sell the majority shareholding of the club to a consortium of local businessmen.

The deal is yet to be fully completed but joint-boss Wilson hopes the change in ownership will result in brighter times for the Steelmen.

He and fellow boss Tommy Wright have had to work with a threadbare squad in recent weeks after a number of players left following problems over the paying of their wages while the playing budget was also cut.

That was enough to derail a potential push for the play-off places while the club has remained at loggerheads with Corby Borough Council over a number of issues.

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Wilson is hopeful the new consortium will want to keep him and Wright in place for next season but he insists the fact the club’s future now looks secure is the most important thing.

“Hopefully it is positive news for the club,” Wilson said.

“The issues we have had since around Christmas onwards has had a massive detrimental effect to the club.

“And the club is the most important thing. It’s not about Tommy and I, it’s about making sure the club is here forever.

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

“Hopefully it is good news for the club and it will mean there is football here next season. That is great news for the town of Corby.

“And, of course, we hope it means good news for us. We have been asked on numerous occasions about whether we would walk away and we have always stood here and said that we didn’t want to.

“Hopefully we will get repaid for that loyalty. But first and foremost, it should mean there will be football played here from now on and that is the most important thing.”

On the pitch, Corby’s makeshift side found themselves 1-0 down inside 25 seconds against Arlesey and, despite a stunning equaliser from Sam Ives, two quick goalsput the visitors 3-1 up after just 12 minutes.

Wilson added: “In any game if you concede a goal after 20 seconds you are always going to be up against it.

“And in our situation, with what is going on behind the scenes and having lost a lot of games recently, to concede a goal that early is a real hammer blow.

“Sam’s goal was world class. Their goalkeeper is a tall lad and to spot him off his line and then execute the lob on his weaker foot was outstanding.

“But we haven’t been able to work with the personnel we have got and we were quite open.

“We just wanted to make sure it wasn’t an embarrassment after those early goals so we got ourselves organised and we made sure we were more solid. I thought we competed really well in the second half.”

The Steelmen return to action tomorrow (Monday) when they head to Histon to take on play-off chasing Cambridge City in their final away game of the season.