Joint-boss Robinson hails 'brilliant' Steelmen

Ashley Robinson hailed a “brilliant” performance as Corby Town hit back in style to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central.

Saturday, 11th January 2020, 6:54 pm
Ashley Robinson gives out instructions during Cor by Town's 5-2 home win over Aylesbury United. Pictures by Alison Bagley

The Steelmen saw off Aylesbury United 5-2 at Steel Park with Jordon Crawford hitting a perfect hat-trick while Elliot Sandy and Joe Burgess were also on target.

The win came seven days after Corby had suffered a 2-1 loss at Coleshill Town.

And joint-manager Robinson got just the reaction he was looking for as the Steelmen stayed on course at the summit.

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Jordon Crawford celebrates after the headed part of his perfect hat-trick

“I asked the boys before the game for a reaction and that’s exactly what I got,” he said.

“I asked them for tempo, to move the ball quickly and play off one or two touch when we could and that’s what they did.

“We came out the blocks with two goals in seven minutes and, to a man, each and every one of them were brilliant.

“We needed to get a reaction from last Saturday and we did and in front of over 400 fans here, it’s very pleasing from my point of view.

James Clifton enjoyed an impressive debut for Corby

“To let two silly goals in towards the end was a bit disappointing but we came out of the traps in both halves and they did everything I asked of them.

“We want to keep that winning mentality now. It’s a big game next week and it’s a big game the week after but every game is big for us now.

“If we want to win this league and get promoted, we have to go into every game thinking it’s a cup final.

“The boys have taken everything on board. I said to the boys before the game that we looked sharp on Tuesday and Thursday and it showed in the game, which is great for us.”

The Steelmen boosted their ranks with the addition of James Clifton during the week following the departures of Callum Westwood and Declan Rogers.

And while it was Crawford who rightly took all the plaudits for his three goals, Robinson was impressed with the contribution of the club’s latest signing while there was a further boost as Steve Diggin returned to action for the first time since October as a second-half substitute.

“Jordon was outstanding and James Clifton made a big difference in there,” Robinson added.

“The squad, with Steve Diggin coming back, is very healthy and it’s going to give me and Gary a welcome selection headache.

“James has experience and he is an exceptionally good player. He played in three positions in the game and didn’t look out of place in any of them.

“We want to keep him here until the end of the season but football is football, you never know what will happen.”