Sandy wants Corby to maintain winning mentality

Corby Town frontman Elliot Sandy
Corby Town frontman Elliot Sandy

Whether it’s on the pitch with Corby Town or playing Connect 4 with his son, Elliot Sandy is not a big fan of losing.

The experienced frontman has been there and got the t-shirt numerous times in the non-League game, winning titles with the likes of Brackley Town and Kettering Town in the past.

And that winning mentality would have been one of the big reasons why manager Steve Kinniburgh was so keen to bring the striker to Steel Park over the summer.

Sandy and the Steelmen have certainly hit the ground running.

Sandy has hit four goals along the way, including the opener in last weekend’s 2-0 success over Hertford Town in the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Corby are now preparing to return to the bread and butter of the Evo-Stik League South Division One Central when they head to North Leigh tomorrow (Saturday).

And Sandy said: “Nobody likes losing and that’s the case for me no matter what I play.

“Whether I am playing Connect 4 with my seven-year-old, I don’t really want him to beat me. I think we have got that instilled in us and we will never say die.

“We will give everything and we are just looking forward to the next few weeks and we will see where it takes us.”

There is a good atmosphere around the Corby camp at the moment, something you’d expect after a good start.

Following their FA Cup win, which set up a second qualifying round clash at higher-ranked Alvechurch a week tomorrow, the club flooded its Twitter account of videos of the squad taking it in turns to sing a song in the dressing-room.

And while some of those performances left a little to be desired, it was another example of a dressing-room that is, for the time being, united.

“When me and Mullers (captain Gary Mulligan) came in, the manager (Steve Kinniburgh) told us that he wanted us to get hold of the dressing-room and get everything going,” Sandy added.

“We have introduced the fines and we have had the lads singing.

“We had someone like Ben Bradshaw who was adamant he wouldn’t sing and he was on Saturday.

“It just shows the whole dressing-room is buzzing. Obviously results help and I think that is dragging us through in some games, the fact we are fighting for each other.

“We have got to keep that going and we need the fans to keep turning out like that did at the weekend."