Tommy Wright felt his Corby Town side gave “something back to the fans” with their dramatic 3-2 victory over Arlesey Town at Steel Park last night (Wednesday).
An entertaining contest saw the Steelmen take the lead through Paul Malone, only for the visitors to equalise within a couple of minutes.
Arlesey took the lead in the second half with Corby hitting back to make it 2-2 through Wilson Carvalho.
But, as the game seemed to be heading for a draw, skipper Malone popped up with the winner in the third minute of stoppage-time to spark incredible scenes of celebration both on the pitch and on the terraces.
The win ensured Corby maintained their unbeaten start to the season as they moved up to second in the early Southern League Premier Division standings.
And boss Wright was delighted with the character his players showed as they picked up a second successive victory at Steel Park this season.
“It’s what football is all about, the players are a credit to the club and the fans have been right behind us,” the Steelmen manager said.
“Nights like that are about giving something back to the fans. We know they will turn up in their numbers if we put on performances and get results on the pitch.
“There were highs and lows like a rollercoaster and we are really disappointed that we gave them the opportunity to get back into the game.
“But we showed great character. We bounced back and we have that belief that we can go on and win games in any situation.
“It’s just so frustrating that we give ourselves a challenge to get back into games.
“But we are delighted to have won it in the way we did. I am just pleased for the boys and the fans and long may it continue.
“We challenged the players after the weekend. We have to win our home games.
“If you are going to do anything over the season, you have to do that and we want to make this place a fortress.”
Wright, meanwhile, insisted no blame was being laid on youngster Connor Kennedy after his mistake let Arlesey in for their first goal.
The full-back was withdrawn at half-time but Wright gave his player his full backing and made it clear the change was made for tactical reasons.
“Decision-making was a problem for us and Connor knows he needs to put that in the stand for the first goal,” Wright added.
“The experienced boys around him have got to be telling him that. We gifted them two goals but we will learn from it.
“Connor is fine, we talked to him at half-time and at the end. He has just turned 17 and we are not going to dig people out for mistakes. He knows it himself and you could see it in his face at half-time.
“We made the change for tactical reasons, it wasn’t just about his mistake. It was tactical and it paid off.”
The Corby Town Supporters’ Trust are running a bus to Chesham United on Saturday.
The fee is £10 and it will be leave Weatherspoons in Corby at 11am.
Anyone who would like to book a seat should contact Jamie Kyle on 07581 725662 or Ross Ferguson on 07715 653684.