Ingram and directors to meet Steelmen fans ahead of FA Trophy replay

Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram
Corby Town chairman Kevin Ingram

The Corby Town board of directors are set to address supporters on the club’s decision to allow troubled neighbours Kettering Town to play at Steel Park last weekend.

Chairman Kevin Ingram, along with directors David Mallinger and Graham Starmer, will be on hand to discuss the situation and take questions from fans ahead of tonight’s FA Carlsberg Trophy third qualifying round replay against Ryman League Premier Division high-fliers Wealdstone.

Corby’s move to let the Poppies fulfil their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division ‘home’ fixture with Redditch United at their stadium has prompted much debate amongst the Steelmen supporters.

But Ingram is happy to face them over the situation.

He said: “Irrespective of last week’s decision I am happy that the board did the right thing and we are happy to debate this on Wednesday evening. Come along and ask questions, you will find us very open and very willing.”

The meeting will begin at 6.30pm and comes just two days before the Corby Town Supporters Trust hold their own open meeting on Friday night where they will debate the situation with fellow fans.

On the pitch, the Steelmen will be looking to book themselves a first-round home clash with Blue Square Bet South side Hayes & Yeading United when they face Wealdstone tonight.

Chris Plummer’s side drew 1-1 in London at the weekend and were forced to hold on for long periods following the early dismissal of top scorer Josh Moreman for dissent.

The Steelmen did take the lead through Sam Ives, who also missed a penalty, and the midfielder is in a cautious but confident mood ahead of the replay.

“Wealdstone showed they are a good team at the weekend,” Ives said.

“They passed the ball around well but we managed to get the draw with 10 men, although we had a bit of luck along the way.

“With 11 men on the pitch tonight, we will have a better chance of getting through but it is still going to be a very difficult game.

“From my point of view, it was nice to get the goal but it was also very disappointing not to score the penalty because I felt very confident about taking it.

“But we worked hard and got a good draw. Hopefully we can produce a good performance tonight and get through for a home tie.”