Chris Plummer was delighted to see Corby Town grind out a crucial three points as they boosted their survival hopes in the Blue Square Bet North.
It was a forgettable encounter with out-of-form Worcester City but Gary King’s third-minute penalty made it a day to remember as the Steelmen secured a 1-0 victory.
It came after third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay had been thumped 5-1 at home by champions-elect Chester in a lunchtime kick-off and Corby’s win ensured they moved seven points clear of the drop-zone, although Colwyn Bay still have two games in hand.
The Steelmen’s clash with Worcester only went ahead after volunteers helped clear the remaining snow off the pitch and Plummer paid tribute to them while also admitting he didn’t use Colwyn Bay’s early result as a motivation for his side.
“I am delighted with the victory,” the Corby boss said.
“Obviously we scored very early and it was backs to the walls at times, although we did have other opportunities to score a second. But it is just great to get the win, it was a good team performance.
“We went on a bit of a sticky run but we always believed and stayed positive and we have brought a few players in to strengthen the squad.
“I didn’t even mention to the Colwyn Bay result in the team talk, I just wanted us to concentrate on ourselves and that is theme we will take for the remainder of the season.
“We can’t affect anything that Colwyn Bay do. We wanted to win this game before we knew what they did. Obviously it is helpful they lost because it means we have moved three more points clear of them but we will just concentrate on what we are doing.
“The state of the pitch is nothing to do with the groundstaff, it is all to do with the way the weather has been.
“We can’t thank the groundstaff and all the volunteers who helped clear the snow off the pitch enough. They have done brilliantly just to get the game on. Without all their help it wouldn’t have gone ahead.
“We have adapted our play to suit the pitch and we have shown we can grind a result out.”
Plummer, meanwhile, was pleased with the contribution of debutant Medi Abalimba, who joined the Steelmen on Thursday.
“Medi has got proven quality, he was signed for £1.2m by Derby County not that long ago,” Plummer added.
“He has made mistakes in his private life but I always think everyone deserves a second chance and I thought he did very well for us.
“He is very dynamic and strong and he is comfortable on the ball. He needs games really and he tired a bit towards the end.”
The Steelmen are straight back into action tomorrow (Easter Monday) when they head across Northamptonshire to take on high-flying Brackley Town (3pm).