Cleveland Taylor was “ecstatic” to see Corby Town’s gamble pay off as they shook up the race for promotion in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division at the weekend.
Experienced midfielder Taylor, who has captained the Steelmen of late, popped up with a dramatic stoppage-time winner as morning leaders Poole Town were beaten 1-0 at Steel Park.
The victory has opened up the battle for the title with Corby right in the thick of things ahead of the Boxing Day trip to another of the promotion contenders St Neots Town.
And Taylor was full of praise for his team-mates after he revealed details of his pre-match message to them.
“I am ecstatic with the result and the way it happened,” he said.
“We have a bit before the game where the captain speaks and I just said to the boys not to do it for themselves but do it for everybody else, the people who can’t play. The lads did that, they repaid everyone.
“The pleasing thing is that we asked a question of them (Poole). They probably thought they had done enough to get a point and I was actually questioning whether we wanted to take a point because they were coming back into the game.
“The gaffer (Tommy Wright) said at the beginning of the day that the point wouldn’t be enough for us so we took the gamble and it paid off.”
Taylor, meanwhile, admitted he is thoroughly enjoying what is proving to be an excellent campaign so far for the Steelmen.
And, despite him taking the plaudits for his late winner, he insisted he was happier for the team than he was for himself.
“It’s the most I have enjoyed my football for the last three or four years, the midfielder added.
“I am really happy at the minute and hopefully I can help the players and the young lads.
“I was more ecstatic for the team than I was for myself. They couldn’t have given me any more than they did.
“Players were getting cramp, they were getting stuck in and I was thinking to myself ‘what more can I ask for?’ It would have been heartbreaking if they had come away with only a point or even nothing.”