Steve Kinniburgh felt his Corby Town players showed “maturity and intelligence” as their fine season continued with a 3-1 success at Bromsgrove Sporting in the extra preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
The Steelmen were triumphant in the clash between the top two in the Evo-Stik League South Division One Central thanks to goals from Elliot Sandy, Joel Carta and Connor Kennedy.
And manager Kinniburgh was pleased with the way his team got themselves over the line after a fast-paced first half.
The Steelmen will now entertain Yaxley in the preliminary round on October 13 and Kinniburgh said: “When you have two teams who are two of the top teams in the league, yes it was a cup game this time, there is a lot on the line with both sides starting really well.
“It was going to be a good tempo and a physical game and that’s exactly what we prepared for.
“We changed slightly some of the things we have been doing this season to accommodate that.
“It was end-to-end in the first half and we got in at half-time in front and, even though they had plenty of the ball in the second half, they never really looked like getting through.
“There were a couple of half chances but we had a couple ourselves. I thought we controlled the game really well in the second half and that’s what got us over the line.
“We showed a lot of maturity and intelligence in the game and that was pleasing.”
Kinniburgh, meanwhile, felt the Trophy clash was a “perfect set-up game” as the Steelmen now turn their attention to their big Emirates FA Cup third qualifying round tie at Stockport County next weekend.
Having won in front of a crowd of 954 this weekend, Corby are likely to be stepping out in front of over 2,000 people at Edgeley Park next Saturday.
“I think this was a perfect set-up game for us,” the Steelmen boss added.
“We played in front of the biggest crowd of our season so far and next week, it will be bigger than that.
“We also had to make sure our shape was good with them having a lot of the ball in the second half.
“We got a taste of what the atmosphere will be like next weekend and we have still got our tails wagging and we will keep going forward.”