Plummer expecting a another tough test from Boston

Chris Plummer
Chris Plummer

Corby Town boss Chris Plummer is expecting another tough Bank Holiday clash with Graham Drury’s Boston United at Steel Park today.

The two teams shared the points in a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Lincolnshire on Boxing Day as Sam Ives’ goal cancelled out Marc Newsham’s opener.

Boston followed that up with a 3-1 victory over Oxford City at the weekend while Corby were left kicking their heels as their clash at FC Halifax fell victim to the wet weather.

But they are back in action today as Drury makes a return to his former club after leaving following a successful stint as Corby manager in the summer.

It also promises to be a big day for striker Leon McKenzie who is expected to announce his retirement from football following today’s game as he looks to pursue a career in boxing.

Plummer said: “Boston are, without doubt, one of the biggest clubs in the division. There were over 1,000 people there for our game on Boxing Day.

“They are well supported and we saw for ourselves that they have a good team. The fact they went on and beat Oxford, who are a tough team to play against, shows that it was a good point for us up there.

“I am expecting another tough game against them. Then you also have the fact that their manager is coming back to Corby and it all adds to the interest.

“That doesn’t bother me though. I hope it puts a few more on the attendance and we have a big crowd of our own to watch the game.”

Reports in Boston over the weekend suggested that Corby are interested in signing Pilgrims striker Mark Jones, who previously played for Plummer at Peterborough Northern Star.

But the Steelmen manager insists that is not something his club are “actively pursuing at the moment” although he confirmed they have put in a seven-day notice for another unnamed player.

“Mark Jones is a Boston player and if we were to do something there then we would do it through the proper channels,” Plummer said.

“I know him quite well from when he played for me at my former club and he has shown he can score goals in the Blue Square Bet North.

“But it is not something we are actively pursuing at the moment, although that doesn’t mean we won’t in the future.

“We are looking for fresh blood for the squad and we have put in a seven-day approach for another player, who is with another club. It would be unfair to name him at this stage.

“I have said all along that if we are to bring in new players then they have to fit in with our budget and our mentality. We don’t want players who will rock the boat.”

Paul Malone is set to be fit for today’s clash having fallen ill at the weekend and McKenzie will play some part.

But top scorer Josh Moreman is still struggling with the hamstring injury that forced him off during the Boxing Day clash with Boston.