Plummer: Steelmen are building momentum

Corby Town boss Chris Plummer along with assistant Mark Peters
Corby Town boss Chris Plummer along with assistant Mark Peters
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Chris Plummer believes Corby Town are starting to “build a bit of momentum”.

The Steelmen hit back from a 2-0 defeat at Oxford City in the Blue Square Bet North – Plummer’s first loss as manager since taking over – with a 3-2 home success over Leamington in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

That result, which ended the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders’ 22-match unbeaten run, earned Corby a trip to league rivals Histon in the third qualifying round on October 6.

Plummer’s side had to so it the hard way as they fell behind after just four minutes but they worked their way back into the game and ran out deserved winners, despite a few nervous moments as Leamington pulled a goal back in stoppage-time time after Josh Moreman’s double and a Tom McGowan goal had given the hosts a 3-1 advantage.

Now the Steelmen boss wants his team to “take it to the next level” by cutting out the mistakes at the back.

“We need to now go on to that next level where we aren’t giving these silly goals away,” Plummer said.

“They are mistakes and it is just down to a lack of concentration, it’s not as if someone is picking the ball up from 25 yards out and smashing it in the top corner.

“But the good thing is we are coming back into games now, we are keeping our chins up and we are grabbing hold of matches and going on to win them.

“We want to build that momentum at Steel Park and if you can do well at home then it gives you an excellent platform.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted at Oxford but the performance wasn’t bad.

“But it was great to come out and get a win on Saturday, it does wonders for the confidence.

“We have three wins out of four games now and we are starting to build a bit of momentum.”

The Steelmen’s clash with Histon will see a repeat of last season’s second qualifying round clash, which Corby won in a replay at Steel Park.

Histon claimed a 5-3 success at Eastwood Town at the weekend to book their place in the next stage and the Stutes currently sit in 18th place in Blue Square Bet North, one point and two places ahead of the Steelmen.