Tommy Wright is pleased to see his Corby Town side going “punch-for-punch” with Poole Town at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Steelmen moved back to the summit and two points clear as they won 3-1 at Bideford while Poole slipped to a surprise 1-0 defeat at Chippenham Town.
It proved to be an unusual afternoon for Corby as they took the lead through Wilson Carvalho before the game was delayed for nearly an hour after home player George Swain suffered a dislocated knee in the build up to the goal.
Swain was eventually taken to hospital by ambulance and the Steelmen went on to open up a 3-0 lead at the break with the in-form Greg Mills and Carvalho again struck to all-but end the contest.
Corby did concede late on to deny 17-year-old goalkeeper Sam Donkin a clean sheet on his league debut as he came in for the suspended Paul Walker.
But that was the only blot on the copybook for Wright who is relishing the battle for the title with Poole, who still have three games in hand while Corby now have four to play.
“It’s punch-for-punch between us at the moment,” the Steelmen boss said.
“The points were really in the bag at half-time and that was pleasing.
“We were able to come into the dressing-room and, because of the delay, we saw that Poole had gone a goal down late on.
“That gave our boys an extra boost but when you are that comfortable and clear, it’s always difficult to go out and do it again.
“We have said it before this season that there are games where we could have gone on to win 5-0 or 6-0 and this was another one of them.
“But the most disappointing thing was to concede the goal. Sam Donkin deserved the clean sheet and I was upset for him that it didn’t happen.”
Wright, meanwhile, admitted the Steelmen’s thoughts were with Bideford’s Swain following his serious injury during the game.
“You don’t wish that situation on anyone,” Wright added.
“He dislocated his knee and they popped it back in on the pitch before the ambulance came so he will now have to see how bad the damage is.
“Our thoughts are very much with the player and I thought Bideford, as a club, handled themselves very well throughout the afternoon.
“We will be in touch with them and we obviously hope the lad makes a quick recovery.”
The Steelmen will be looking to maintain top spot when they make the short trip to Histon tomorrow afternoon (3pm).
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