Steelman Sam hoping to shoot down his old mates

Sam Mulready will return to one of his former clubs when Corby Town go to St Neots Town in the FA Trophy this weekend
Sam Mulready will return to one of his former clubs when Corby Town go to St Neots Town in the FA Trophy this weekend

Sam Mulready is looking forward to a return to St Neots Town on Saturday.

In-form Corby Town make the short trip to take on St Neots, who play a step higher in the non-League pyramid, in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Confidence in the Steelmen camp couldn’t be much higher after they made it six wins in a row under caretaker-manager Steve Kinniburgh with a 3-2 success at Sheffield FC last weekend, which saw them climb into the top five of the Evo-Stik League South table.

But the focus has now switched to knockout football and Mulready, who is the club’s top scorer with eight goals in all competitions, is hoping to shoot down the club he played for during last season.

“I am excited to go back and see some old mates who are still playing for them and I obviously know a lot of the staff there,” the striker said.

“It’s always nice to go back to a former club.

“They are a step higher than us but hopefully the outcome will be in our favour.

“It’s a nice pitch and ground over there, they get decent support and I am sure we will take a few with us as well.

“They have been doing okay this season and we are obviously in good form so hopefully it will be a decent tie. But we want to try to get another good result and, from a personal point of view, it would be nice to get a goal as well!”

The Steelmen’s revival under Kinniburgh has been remarkable.

Having won just twice in 13 matches before David Bell was sacked, Corby have been unstoppable since then and have charged up the table while also making progress in the Trophy.

And Mulready believes it is all down to hard work.

“Things seems to be going for us at the moment,” he added.

“The formation has changed a little bit and I have been playing a bit deeper as a more natural ‘10’ in the last few matches, which has suited me.

“But we are just making fewer mistakes, we have cut out the errors that were costing us and we have been a bit more clinical in front of goal.

“Overall, the lads are just working really hard and we are battling for everything.

“I think last weekend is a good example of that because we went ahead early but then we trailed 2-1 and we could have folded and conceded three or four.

“But we came out fighting and got another big result.

“We have climbed up the table but we still believe we could and should be even higher.”