Tommy Wright was in a reflective mood after Corby Town maintained their unbeaten start to the Vanarama National League North campaign with a 2-2 draw with Chorley at Steel Park.
All the goals came in the first half as the Steelmen battled back from going a goal down to lead 2-1 thanks to Ash Sammons’ fourth and fifth goals of the season.
But Chorley, the beaten play-off finalists in May, hit back with an equaliser to secure their first point of the campaign.
There was a slight feeling of disappointment for Corby following their impressive victory over Gloucester City in midweek.
But Wright was far from downbeat as he took a moment to reflect on how far the club has come in the last year.
The Corby boss said: “I am pleased with them. You have to remember how far we have come in the space of a year.
“We have come into the league above off the back of a championship that no-one expected us to win and we are unbeaten in three games.
“And we have just drawn 2-2 with a team who were finalists in the play-offs last season.
“We have come so far as a football club and now we are disappointed to have drawn against a very good team.
“We always back ourselves to score goals but the two goals we conceded were disappointed because they both looked borderline offside and then you find out that it’s your full-backs playing the strikers on, it’s frustrating.
“But there were plenty of positives to come out of it as well and, on reflection, we are happy.”
One positive for Corby was an attendance of over 700 watching on.
And Wright is hoping the fans will continue to play a part at Steel Park, where Corby haven’t been beaten in a competitive fixture since the end of November last year.
“The fans have been brilliant and to go from 200 to over 700 in the space of a year is a great achievement,” he added.
“If they keep backing us and supporting us they literally can be that 12th man especially at Steel Park, which we want to make into a fortress.”