Tommy Wright believes Corby Town are “looking good” after they kicked off their home campaign in the Vanarama National League North with an impressive 3-1 victory over Gloucester City.
The Steelmen struck three times in the space of 12 first-half minutes with debutant Kabongo Tshimanga opening the scoring having joined on loan from Milton Keynes Dons before Ash Sammons, with his third goal in two games, and Greg Mills, from the penalty spot, put the game to bed.
Mills also saw a second-half penalty saved before Gloucester pulled one back through Obi Anorud in stoppage-time.
But that couldn’t take the gloss off what Corby boss Wright described as “a great night” as his team showed no signs of any problems having made the step up to a new level.
He said: “We knew we were looking good. We built a team in the summer that we felt would be there or thereabouts,”
“We are ambitious people but it is only one game of football.
“We knew what we would get from Gloucester and it was pleasing that their manager (Tim Harris) has come off the pitch at the end and said that we bullied them.
“We don’t do it in an aggressive way, we just have strong lads and we play good football.
“There is a good mix of physical players, skilfull players and youth and experience but we work hard on it and it came together for us.
“We work hard on trying to out-school the opposition, we do a lot of homework. We had a gameplan and we stuck to it and in the first half we looked really dangerous.
“We challenged Cleveland (Taylor) and Anton (Brown) before the game to dominate the midfield and give the likes of Ben Milnes, Ash Sammons and Greg Mills a great night. They won the battle and allowed those three to play.
“I was disappointed for the boys when their goal went in because they defended so well for so long.
“We want that to hurt the lads but we have come away with a 3-1 win and it could have been 6-1 so it’s been a great night.”
Wright, meanwhile, praised the contribution of young striker Tshimanga who took just 12 minutes to open his account before also winning the penalty that Mills converted.
“Kabi was lightening up front and he was exactly what I expected him to be,” the Corby manager added.
“I was delighted for him to get his goal.
“He is a great prospect. We tried to sign him last year. He was on loan at Chelmsford and we tried to get him out of there but we couldn’t sign him in time for the deadline for the last month of the season.
“We have waited on him and we are delighted to have him on board.
“He has scored a goal, made a penalty and could have had another in the second half. He had a great debut and there’s plenty more to come from him.”