King: Steelmen fully deserved their derby success

Gary King in action during Corby Town's 4-2 victory at Brackley Town. Picture by Sharon Lucey
Gary King in action during Corby Town's 4-2 victory at Brackley Town. Picture by Sharon Lucey
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Gary King believes Corby Town were well worth every inch of their fine derby success at Brackley Town.

The Steelmen stunned their high-flying Northamptonshire rivals with a 4-2 victory at St James Park on Easter Monday as they turned the Blue Square Bet North table on its head.

The win saw Corby move nine points clear of the relegation zone while the Saints’ play-off hopes suffered a setback, although they do remain in third place.

King led the Steelmen’s frontline on his own as boss Chris Plummer opted for a change in formation and the 23-year-old was rewarded with his third goal in as many games as an absolute screamer gave Corby a 3-1 lead.

And the striker said: “It was hard leading the line on my own but that was something I was up for. We had to adapt to a new system and whether it is me up there on my own or with one or two others, it doesn’t really matter.

“It was a very good win and we knew we needed to get something out of the game.

“I think we were realistically looking for a point from it after we won on Saturday but to get the victory was fantastic.

“I thought we dominated the game and we did more than enough to come away with the three points.”

King, meanwhile, admitted he just “hit it as hard as he could” as he tried to explain his wonder-goal that came eight minutes into the second half.

The striker was virtually on the by-line as he thundered a strike past Billy Turley and into the top far corner – the goal prompted Plummer to compare it to Marco van Basten’s iconic goal in the 1988 European Championship final.

And King said: “I turned my man from a throw-in and I didn’t realise how close I was to the by-line.

“But I just hit it as hard as I could to be honest. Whether it was a cross or shot on goal, it doesn’t really matter. It went in and that’s the important thing.”