Mark Peters paid tribute to Tom Berwick after the striker’s six-minute hat-trick secured a third successive home victory for Corby Town.
After a goalless first half at Steel Park, Berwick fired his team in front before quickly converting two penalties as the Steelmen went on to complete a 3-1 win over struggling Bashley in the Calor League Premier Division.
Those goals made it four for Berwick since signing for the club over the summer and caretaker-manager Peters believes the frontman fully deserved his moment in the limelight.
“The first was a proper striker’s finish,” Peters said.
“And then he has hit the inside of the post when scoring both penalties so that shows you the confidence he has at the moment.
“It has been coming, everyone who has seen Tom play this season knew it was only a matter of time before the goals came for him.
“I am a firm believer that, in any walk of life, if you work hard then you will get your rewards and that is what has happened for Tom.
“Certainly since I have been in charge, he has worked so hard for the team and he fully deserved what he got from the game.”
Peters has overseen a fine turnaround in form since taking charge after the resignation of Chris Plummer.
A run of three home wins in a row and just one defeat in five matches have seen the Steelmen move into the top half of the early standings and boosted his own hopes of taking the managerial post on a permanent basis
And he was pleased with another good second-half display at Steel Park.
“Again, we didn’t produce a great performance in the first half but we were in the game,” he added.
“We said a few things at half-time and we performed very well in the second half. We scored three goals in six minutes and we could have had five or six because we hit the post and had other chances.
“The only disappointment was that we couldn’t hold on for a clean sheet but we are delighted to get the victory.”
The Steelmen return to action next weekend when they entertain Barwell in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup.