Steelmen are back home for Trophy clash

Sam Grouse made his debut as a second-half substitute in Corby Town's 1-1 draw at Bedford Town on Tuesday. Picture by David Tilley
Sam Grouse made his debut as a second-half substitute in Corby Town's 1-1 draw at Bedford Town on Tuesday. Picture by David Tilley

Corby Town finally return to Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday) as they bit to make further progress in the Buildbase FA Trophy.

It will be the Steelmen’s first home game for over a month and it sees them taking on Evo-Stik League Division One Central rivals Yaxley in the preliminary round tie.

It has been a mixed few weeks on the road for Steve Kinniburgh’s team as they claimed a fine 3-1 victory at Bromsgrove Sporting in the extra preliminary round of the Trophy while their fine run in the Emirates FA Cup came to an end with a 3-0 defeat at Vanarama National League North outfit Stockport County last weekend.

And the Steelmen also maintained their unbeaten league record as Miles Smith’s late goal earned them a 1-1 draw at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

They are now preparing to take on a Yaxley team who have conceded 13 goals in their last two matches.

And Kinniburgh said: “It’s a good opportunity for us to try to progress to the next round.

“It will be good to be back home but we know Yaxley will come here and give it everything they have got.

“We have already seen it on our own ground this season with other teams.

“The surroundings here inspire other clubs. We are one of the big hitters in the league and coming to Steel Park is one of the biggest games of the season for visiting teams.

“So we have to be ready. We know Yaxley have shipped a few goals recently and it will be up to us to try to exploit that.

“Hopefully we will have a few people through the

gates and we will be doing all we can to get back to winning ways.”

The Steelmen made a new addition to their squad ahead of the draw at Bedford with frontman Sam Grouse joining the club from Stamford.

The former England under-18 schoolboy international made his debut as a second-half substitute in midweek and Kinniburgh added: “We were looking at the options we have got all over the pitch and we just needed that one more attacking option.

“Sam can play in two or three different positions, he has got that bit of pace and trickery and he has a good eye for goal.

“He’s a young boy who wants to progress. He will fit into our dressing-room and our style of play and I think he will be a really good addition for us.”