Steelmen deserved the win, says boss Kinniburgh

Corby Town celebrate their first goal during last night's 3-1 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic at Steel Park. Picture by David Tilley
Corby Town celebrate their first goal during last night's 3-1 victory over Kidsgrove Athletic at Steel Park. Picture by David Tilley

Steve Kinniburgh felt Corby Town were good value for their 3-1 win over Kidsgrove Athletic at Steel Park last night (Monday).

The Steelmen were 1-0 down at half-time after Anthony Malbon had put the visitors in front just before the break.

But a superb fightback led by substitute Jake Bettles, who levelled with his first goal for the club, and finished Jordon Crawford who celebrated his 21st birthday by scoring twice secured a welcome victory for Corby, who are back in action at Cleethorpes Town on Thursday night.

And caretaker-manager Kinniburgh said: “It was a different half-time team talk because I thought we actually did quite well.

“We asked the boys to get the ball switched out and play at a tempo and I think we did everything but score in the first half.

“They got the goal at the end and you could maybe go in and change your team talk but I was quite set in what I wanted from the boys and they gave me it for 45 minutes.

“So I didn’t want to change anything and see how we reacted in the second half and we reacted well.

“We were on the front foot for most of the game, we managed it well and I thought we thoroughly deserved the result.”

The game swung on the introduction of Bettles 10 minutes into the second half and one of his first touches was a fine far-post header to make it 1-1 before he won a penalty which Crawford converted to give Corby the lead.

And Kinniburgh, whose team sit in ninth place in the Evo-Stik League South, was delighted with the contribution of both players.

He added: “When you have so many games in such a short space of time, you have to use your squad.

“To be fair on Jake, he has not played as a number nine which is what we brought him in as, he has been playing on the right.

“So we gave him his opportunity and he has come on, got his first goal for the club, created things and given us a performance which shows why we brought him here.

“I am really hoping he will go firing for us now he has that goal.

“Jordon is a standout player for us and he got the two goals.

“All season he has got better and better and better and the one thing I have really been getting on at him about is consistency and to be fair, he is getting there.

“He has just turned 21, he’s still a young boy who has a big future in the game and he just needs to keep enjoying his football.”