Chris Plummer hailed an “excellent performance” as Corby Town stunned high-flying Northamptonshire rivals Brackley Town in Easter Monday’s Blue Square Bet North derby clash.
Jon Brady’s side look set to claim a play-off place and started the day in third place while the Steelmen headed to St James Park looking to boost their survival hopes after claiming a gritty 1-0 success over Worcester City on Saturday.
And they did it in impressive style as goals from Ryan Semple, Jason Crowe, Carl Piergianni and a stunner from in-form striker Gary King sealed a 4-2 success after former Corby man Steve Diggin had headed the hosts into a 1-0 lead while Piergianni’s own-goal made it 3-2 at one point.
It will go down as a shock result but the significance of it was huge as third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay could only manage a 3-3 draw at Stalybridge Celtic, meaning Corby are now nine points clear of the relegation zone while they have also made up ground on those just above them.
And it was the manner of this particular victory that pleased Plummer the most.
The Steelmen boss said: “I was very pleased with the performance.
“We are more suited, with the players we have here, to playing good football and since Christmas we have had to adapt our style because of the heavy pitches and it has been difficult.
“But we have gone to Brackley, on a good surface, and played some great stuff, particularly in the first half. We battled when we needed to, we got goals at vital times and it was an excellent performance from the whole team.
“They are third in the league for a reason but we knew that if we kept our shape, we would get chances.
“It is great to the get three points but I think the manner of the win is what pleased me the most.”
Plummer, meanwhile, singled frontman King out for praise as an fine all-round display was capped by him scoring one of the goals of the season as his stunning volley from close to the by-line gave home goalkeeper Billy Turley no chance as it swerved into the far top corner.
“I didn’t think Gary was going to shoot from there and it was a hell of a goal,” Plummer added.
“I think (Marco) van Basten scored something similar a few years ago, it was an impossible angle.
“But I thought his all-round performance was very good. He was up there on his own and he held the ball up well.
“We knew he had quality and now we need him to do that week in, week out for the remainder of the season.”