Semple looking forward to a key week for the Steelmen

Corby Town winger Ryan Semple
Corby Town winger Ryan Semple

Ryan Semple is looking forward to an important week for Corby Town after playing a key role in the second win in a row in the Blue Square Bet North.

The winger, who arrived at Steel Park from Boston United over the summer, set Josh Moreman up for Corby’s first goal against Colwyn Bay at the weekend before scoring the second himself as the Steelmen came from behind to win 3-1.

That followed on from the 3-2 success at Workington with new boss Chris Plummer making a quick start in trying to turn the club’s fortunes around after five successive defeats at the start of the season.

Corby head to Oxford City tomorrow night (Tuesday) before taking on Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division leaders Leamington in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup at Steel Park on Saturday.

And Semple is hoping the winning habit is here to stay.

“Losing and winning are habits and it is hard to break those habits when you are into them,” he said.

“Fortunately, we broke our losing habit at Workington and that was a big moment for us.

“It is a shame the previous manager (Ian Sampson) left and it is even more disappointing that him leaving has given us a rocket up our backsides.

“Hopefully we are on a roll and it is important we try to keep that going.

“The league is the bread and butter and we need three points again at Oxford tomorrow.

“We didn’t have a good start but we have had two very good results and got points on the board. Now we need to kick on and get a positive result at Oxford.

“Then we have the FA Cup and it is always a brilliant time of year.

“It is a massive competition from a financial point of view for the club and it is important to the players because you are dreaming of that fairytale.

“The club have done well in the FA Cup in recent years and we want to keep that going.”

Semple, meanwhile, was delighted to get his first goal for the club and it couldn’t have been more simple as he scored from a couple of yards to give Corby a 2-1 lead with 20 minutes to go.

“I am extremely pleased from a personal point of view but first and foremost I am happy I could help the lads get another win,” he added.

“It is nice to score a goal and set one up as well.

“It was an important time to score with 20 minutes left and the game at 1-1 and from there, we won comfortably.

“It was a simple goal but those are the ones you want.

“It was my first for the club and I am really pleased for the lads and the manager.

“The manager has come in at a difficult time and to get two wins from two is a great start for him.”