Diggin eyes a century in huge clash for Corby

Steve Diggin is closing in on a big milestone for Corby Town.

Friday, 13th March 2020, 7:45 am
Steve Diggin fires home one of his four goals during Corby Town's 8-1 win over Wantage Town last weekend. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The popular striker was the star of the show at Steel Park last weekend as the Steelmen returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion.

Diggin helped himself to four goals as the Steelmen crushed rock-bottom Wantage Town 8-1 to get themselves back on track in the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central.

That four-goal haul took Diggin on to 99 across his two stints with the Steelmen and he is now hoping he can reach the century when they head to Berkhamsted for a huge game this weekend.

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Steve Diggin celebrates one of his goals against Wantage and he now needs one more to hit a century for the Steelmen

Berkhamsted are a point clear of Halesowen Town at the top after the Yeltz suffered a 3-1 defeat at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

The Steelmen are a further four points behind in third place but a win at the leaders this weekend could throw Corby back into the title picture.

And while Diggin is eyeing up that milestone, he insists he would sacrifice not scoring for three points.

He said: “I knew I was five away from it but I wasn’t really thinking about it in the game until I got my fourth!

“Hopefully the 100th goal can come tomorrow (Saturday), which is a big game for us.

“It will be in my mind but if I weren’t to score and we win then I will be happy. It’s a big game and we really need the three points.

“We have got 10 games left and we have to forget what everyone else is doing.

“We will try to win as many of those games as we can and see where we end up.”

It’s been an interesting few weeks at Steel Park with Mark Peters installed as manager after joint-boss Ashley Robinson left the club at the end of February, despite the Steelmen sitting in a play-off place.

Peters’ first chance to take charge was taken away by the weather when the game at Kempston Rovers was called off and he was unable to be in the dugout last weekend due to family reasons with academy boss Dominic Genovese taking the reins instead.

Diggin admitted Robinson’s departure did come as something of a surprise but he was just pleased to see the team get themselves back to winning ways.

“I think it was a bit of a surprise to be honest,” the frontman said.

“We know we haven’t been playing well lately but we were still third in the league and with a real shot, at the very least, at the play-offs.

“But these things happen in football and you just have to get on with it.

“Having the game called off the week before was a bit frustrating because we haven’t been playing as well as we wanted and we wanted to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.

“So it was nice to get the game on last weekend, it was great to get the win and we scored a few goals which was an added bonus.

“We spoke about it in training last week and we knew people might look at the Wantage game and say it would be an easy three points.

“But you can’t just turn up and win the game, you still have to play well and that’s what we did."