It's all about the reaction as Steelmen bid to bounce back

The Corby Town players line up to observe a minutes silence for Remembrance Day ahead of last weekends 3-0 defeat at Frickley Athletic. Picture by David Tilley
The Corby Town players line up to observe a minutes silence for Remembrance Day ahead of last weekends 3-0 defeat at Frickley Athletic. Picture by David Tilley

Steve Kinniburgh will be seeking a “big reaction” from his Corby Town players when they take on Cleethorpes Town at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday).

There haven’t been many bad days since Kinniburgh took caretaker charge of the Steelmen but last Saturday was one of them as they were well beaten 3-0 at Frickley Athletic.

Kinniburgh described it as “a bad day at the office” but he is determined to ensure there isn’t another one when Corby return home at the weekend.

It’s another hugely important game at the top end of the Evo-Stik League South with Cleethorpes currently sitting in third place while Corby start the day two points behind them and in sixth spot.

But for Kinniburgh, the target is to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointing day in Yorkshire.

“We have got to take on board our performance from last Saturday, make a massive improvement and get back to where we were in the weeks before it,” the Corby caretaker-manager said.

“Hopefully it was just one of those days and just a small blip.

“We can’t forget that these boys have been fantastic in the last few weeks but you will always get games like that.

“And when that happens, it’s all about the reaction and I am hoping we will get a big reaction tomorrow.”

Even after that defeat last weekend, the Steelmen remain just three points behind second-placed Alvechurch, albeit having played three games more than them.

And Kinniburgh believes it will be a while before the league table settles down with just eight points separating the teams sitting in second and 12th.

“It’s an intriguing league and I still don’t think the table will settle down for another five or six games when we are around the halfway point,” Kinniburgh added.

“We are sitting on 26 points and we are three points off second place, although we have played a couple more games than a few teams.

“But even below us, there are probably 12 teams who are going to be looking up and targeting the promotion places and the play-offs.

“I think a lot of teams are going to have something to play for during most of the season and that’s not a situation I have come across that often.

“There will be a lot of teams who will be thinking that they can make a push and we want to be one of them.”