Jon Dunham - Plummer and his Steelmen can save themselves, I am sure of it

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

Corby Town have 12 games left to save themselves from the dreaded drop in Blue Square Bet North.

And the disturbing issue at this moment in time is that the Steelmen are the team in the wrong form at the wrong time.

There was no real sign that this would be the way Corby’s season would pan out at the turn of the year. Four points from two games against Boston United, a draw with Histon and a win at Stalybridge Celtic lifted Chris Plummer’s men into the mid-table area - 14th place to be exact.

But as they get ready to face Celtic in the reverse fixture at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday), a run of six defeats in seven matches over an eight-week period have seen them drop to within a whisker of the bottom three.

With Colwyn Bay (who have two games in hand on the Steelmen) and Histon picking up surprising and impressive wins in midweek, the pressure was on Corby on Wednesday night as they took on second-placed Guiseley.

And, after what sounded like another reasonable display, it was another case of so near, yet so far. It is a tale we have seen and heard a few times in recent weeks.

I don’t believe for one second that anyone at Steel Park is under any illusions about the situation they find themselves in. They have a brutal relegation dogfight ahead of them.

But this is certainly not the time for any rash decisions to be made.

There has been the odd call for Plummer’s head in the midst of all this, that is something I simply don’t agree with.

Those who are asking the question have every right, they are fans of the club and they want to see it do well. But are their memories really that short?

Have they forgotten that Plummer turned things around almost immediately after Corby had lost their first five games of the season, resulting in Ian Sampson resigning. Make no mistake, after they shocking run, many thought relegation was a certainty.

Instead, Plummer led the Steelmen on a good run of form in the league that has now hit a problem, a problem he and his players must resolve.

And have these fans calling for his sacking also forgotten the highly-impressive run in the FA Carlsberg Trophy when Corby took Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth to a replay?

You could, of course, argue that means nothing now considering the predicament the manager and his team find themselves in.

But there is over a quarter of the season to go yet, albeit it will be played out over the next month-and-a-half or so.

I have no doubt, and I have watched them plenty of times, that there is enough talent in the Corby squad to get them out of trouble. I have said all along that they will stay up, I stand by it.

But what they need at this moment in time is fight. They must fight for every point on offer because every single one is crucial now.

And boy do they need a win. I am sure one will come and, all being well, it will be when they take on Stalybridge in a bid to complete a league double tomorrow.

What Corby need now is for their fans to stick by them, not turn on them. Plummer’s call for everyone to stick together was the right on. Hopefully everyone associated with the club will listen to his words.