Kinniburgh delighted as Corby take control in fight for survival

Manager Steve Kinniburgh saw Corby Town claim a crucial 1-0 success at Stafford Rangers
Manager Steve Kinniburgh saw Corby Town claim a crucial 1-0 success at Stafford Rangers

Steve Kinniburgh was a happy man after Corby Town took control of their own destiny again with a crucial win at Stafford Rangers.

Kinniburgh’s first league game in charge of the club produced the desired effect as Phil Trainer’s goal nine minutes from full-time secured a 1-0 success for the Steelmen at Marston Road.

With Sutton Coldfield Town suffering a 3-2 home defeat to Matlock Town, Corby’s win meant they moved out of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division relegation zone on goal difference with two games to play.

The next of those is on tomorrow (3pm) when the Steelmen take on play-off contenders Grantham Town at Steel Park while Sutton Coldfield host Halesowen Town.

And Kinniburgh, who felt his team deserved their success at Stafford, insists he doesn’t care if it does come down to goal difference to save his team’s skin as long as they finish on “the right side of the line”.

The Corby manager said: “To be honest, we didn’t look at anything until the 90th minute. The physio got his phone out after we scored and I didn’t want to know what was happening elsewhere!

“But it’s that time of year when word will soon get around about what is happening in the other matches that affect us.

“It was in Sutton Coldfield’s hands and it is in our hands and if we match what they do in the last two games then the goal difference will make us safe.

“I don’t care whether it’s goal difference, one point or three points. As long as we on the right side of the line at 5pm next Saturday, that’s all that matters.

“We have got a clean sheet and it’s pleasing when that happens, especially away from home.

“As a manager you get the chance to affect the game before and at half-time and at the break when we looked at the slope on the pitch, the sun in the eyes and everything else, we knew one goal would probably win it.

“There was a bit of heart and a bit of desire and overall, I thought it was a deserved three points.”

Kinniburgh, meanwhile, felt his decision to rest some key players for last Tuesday’s NFA Hillier Cup final with Kettering Town paid off at Stafford.

David Bell and Aaron Brown both missed the penalty shoot-out defeat to the Poppies while Trainer made an appearance as a late substitute.

All three came back into the starting line-up yesterday and Kinniburgh added: “Tuesday was a big game for us against our local rivals but the bigger picture was this weekend because it is massive for the club.

“We decided to rest a couple of key players in the final, it was a big decision to make but I think it paid off and one of those ended up popping up with a big goal for us.”