Mixed feelings for Wilson after Corby’s stalemate

Nabil Shariff was on target for Corby Town in the 1-1 draw at Bideford
Nabil Shariff was on target for Corby Town in the 1-1 draw at Bideford

Andrew Wilson was left with mixed feelings as Corby Town fought back from a goal down to earn a 1-1 draw at high-flying Bideford in the Calor League Premier Division.

The Steelmen trailed to Connor Clifford’s goal at half-time in Devon but Nabil Shariff earned his team a point with the equaliser 11 minutes from the end.

Corby are now unbeaten in the last four matches but still await their first win on the road after claiming six victories in a row at Steel Park.

And while joint-manager Wilson admitted a point was a good return from a long day, he felt his team did enough to claim all three.

“It was almost a carbon copy of the FA Cup win against Mickleover last Wednesday,” Wilson said.

“We didn’t start the game particularly well, we went behind but after the first half-hour we were much better.

“For the last 60 minutes we were in control but we didn’t take all the opportunities that came our way.

“Lee Hendrie hit the bar with a free-kick, we have had two one-on-ones and there were a couple cleared off the line as well.

“And when the goal did come, it was a bit scrappy but fair play to Nabil because he took his chance and it has got us a point.

“It was good to come back with something instead of nothing. But there is a bit of disappointment because we felt it could have been more.”

The Steelmen, who sit in mid-table, are back on the road on Tuesday when they travel to Stourbridge, who ended Poole Town’s unbeaten record with a 5-2 success on Saturday.

And Wilson is focused on making sure his team are on their game from the first whistle.

“We just need to work on the opening 20 or 25 minutes and make sure we are on it from the start,” he added.

“The performances are good at the moment and we are unbeaten in four matches. We want to keep that sort of run going.”

Corby, meanwhile, face a Northamptonshire derby in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

They will travel to Daventry Town on October 19 after the Calor League Division One Central leaders beat Sutton Coldfield Town 1-0 in the preliminary round on Saturday.