Exciting finish could be in store as Steelmen get back on track

Phil Trainer in action during Corby Town's 3-2 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend, in which he scored what proved to be the winner. Picture by David Tilley
Phil Trainer in action during Corby Town's 3-2 win at Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend, in which he scored what proved to be the winner. Picture by David Tilley

Corby Town appear to be right back in form and Steve Kinniburgh is now hoping they can set up an “exciting finish” to the Evo-Stik League South campaign.

In a season that has had more ups and downs than your average rollercoaster, the Steelmen now have 12 games to go and still have the play-offs in their sights.

After a poor start, Kinniburgh oversaw a big revival after being appointed as caretaker-manager but any hopes of a top-six finish seemed to be fading after Corby suffered six defeats in a row.

But, after a shake-up of the squad, the Steelmen look like being back on the right track after a 2-0 win over Loughborough Dynamo was followed up by a fine 3-2 success at Stocksbridge Park Steels last weekend.

And Kinniburgh, whose team are scheduled to play Kidsgrove Athletic at Steel Park this weekend, said: “It’s been a bit of a strange season because when I was first appointed, the talk was mainly about consolidation after the poor start we had.

“I think most people just wanted us to get settled at this level but we had the good run, which was followed by another bad one and now

we have won the last two games.

“We feel like we have come back into form and we have given ourselves something to play for.

“That’s all you want at this stage of a season, something to aim at. We are seven points off the play-offs and we want to all we can to make it an exciting finish.”

The Steelmen are still having to work around a number of injuries with Matt Gardner suffering a knock after scoring his first goal for the club in the victory at Stocksbridge.

Dino Tuksar, who was also on target for the first time for the Steelmen, and Jordon Crawford both played on injuries while Ash Robinson remains on the sidelines.

And Kinniburgh hinted he may look to strengthen things further for the run-in.

“Matt picked up a knock during the game, Dino and Jordon are still coming back and Ash Robinson is still recovering as well,” he added.

“It’s frustrating to have these little niggles but they may have come with the different training regime and professionalism we have at the club.

“We are a semi-professional team but we try to do things properly and it can be a big change for the new boys who come in.

“But they are all working hard and we are still looking around to try to strengthen the squad to help get us over the line.”