It’s all about momentum for returning Steelman Semple

Ryan Semple
Ryan Semple

Ryan Semple is hoping Corby Town can “continue the momentum” when they take on Altrincham in the Blue Square Bet North later today (3pm).

The winger made a welcome return from a hamstring injury against Histon in the FA Cup on Wednesday and bagged the winner as the 10-man Steelmen held on to book themselves a home date with Hendon in the fourth qualifying round next weekend.

Altrincham arrive at Steel Park this afternoon in decent form and just outside the play-off places. They also have one of the hottest strikers in the league in the form of Damian Reeves.

But Semple is feeling confident about his team’s chances as they head into the clash on the back of four successive wins on their own patch.

“First and foremost it was great to be back and fit,” Semple said.

“I wasn’t too sure whether I would start but I wanted to and it was fantastic to play, get the win and also to score.

“Anyone who came to the game knows we deserved the win, even though we had to hang on towards the end with 10 men.

“But there were some good performances and as a team we worked really hard and got our rewards.

“We are a step closer to the first round but we have to think about Altrincham.

“It’s really important we do continue the momentum. That is four wins on the spin at home now and we want to make it five today and six next week. Let’s hope we can do that.

“I played against them (Altrincham) when I was at Boston last season and they have a proper goalscorer in their line-up.

“We will have to make sure we take care of that and ensure there is protection for the defence.

“But if we can play like we did the other night there is no reason why we can’t shut them out and go and get a couple of goals ourselves.”

This time next week the Steelmen will be highly fancied to book a place amongst the npower League One and Two clubs in the first round of the FA Cup when they host Hendon, who play in the Ryman League Premier Division.

But Semple isn’t about to take them lightly.

He added: “It’s a good opportunity for us and I don’t think anyone would say any differently.

“But we will have to approach it in the right frame of mind and it’s a massive game for both sides.

“We need to be on it and make sure we get the job done.”