Chris Plummer was furious with his Corby Town team’s first-half display as their pre-season programme ended in disastrous fashion.
The Steelmen found themselves 4-0 down at the break in their final friendly against Skrill South outfit Bishop’s Stortford before eventually going on to suffer a 5-0 defeat at Steel Park.
Corby’s Calor League Premier Division campaign gets under way with a home clash against Burnham on Saturday and Plummer believes the heavy weekend defeat could be the “kick up the backside” his players needed before the real business gets under way.
“The first-half performance was bitterly disappointing,” Plummer said.
“They came out of the traps quickly and before we knew it we were 2-0 down. It’s fair to say I was not best pleased with what happened in that first half.
“The only good thing we can take from it is that it has happened now. There were no points on the line and it was better for it to happen in pre-season rather than this weekend.
“It has given us plenty to think about and maybe that is the kick up the backside the players needed before the serious business starts.”
The Steelmen boss added to his squad before the game with the arrival of Cambridge United midfielder Liam Hurst on an initial one-month loan deal while Brackley Town forward Owen Storey also featured and could join Corby this week on a dual registration from their County neighbours.
Plummer added: “Liam played against us in the friendly with Cambridge and I have seen him play in another game for them as well.
“We needed to bolster the midfield and him coming in has done that. Tom McGowan went off with a tight hamstring at the weekend so we have to make sure our squad has that strength in depth.
“Owen is still with Brackley but hasn’t had many opportunities with them during pre-season and we had a look at him with a view towards a possibly link-up between the clubs.
“We will talk to Brackley this week to see what can be done. But Owen is a proven player at Southern League level and I know he was outstanding for them when they won the division.
“There is a possibility of one more coming in before the weekend but our main focus is now on making sure we are ready and putting all the things that went wrong on Saturday right.”
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