Tommy Wright hailed some “fantastic performances” as Corby Town claimed a fine 3-2 success at Stalybridge Celtic last night (Tuesday).
The Steelmen picked up a second win in three matches to lift themselves out of the bottom three and into 15th place in the Vanarama National League North.
Greg Mills was the hero as he hit a first senior hat-trick with the winner coming with just three minutes remaining after they had trailed 2-1 having taken an early lead.
But Wright was quick to pay tribute to a couple of the club’s young guns.
Connor Kennedy started at right-back having been recalled from a loan spell at Daventry Town while 16-year-old Luke Aridegbe featured for an hour at left-back as he came on to replace the injured Clayton McDonald.
And both played a key role in securing Corby’s first away win of the season.
“I said to the boys before the game that with there being only one other match in our league, a win would put us 15th,” Wright said.
“That was the incentive as well as trying to get that first away win.
“We started the game really well and Greg scored on a night when he was clearly really up for it. He just wants to score goals and he came to the fore.
“But there were some fantastic performances.
“I thought Connor Kennedy was unbelievable and then Luke Aridegbe, who is only 16, has come on and played an hour after we lost Clayton McDonald through injury.
“He went in there at left-back and, although Stalybridge targeted him to start with, he grew into the game and got better as it went along.
“The lads have put a massive shift in in the last two matches and they were rightly rewarded for it last night.”
Corby return to action on Saturday when they take on fifth-placed Harrogate Town at Steel Park.
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