Steelmen set their sights on second

The Corby Town players celebrate one of Paul Malone's two goals during last weekend's 5-0 victory over Belper Town. The Steelmen head to fellow high-fliers Frickley Athletic tomorrow. Picture by David Tilley
The Corby Town players celebrate one of Paul Malone's two goals during last weekend's 5-0 victory over Belper Town. The Steelmen head to fellow high-fliers Frickley Athletic tomorrow. Picture by David Tilley

Steve Kinniburgh wants Corby Town to be challenging for the second automatic promotion spot in the Evo-Stik League South.

The Steelmen racked up a sixth successive league win in emphatic style last weekend as they dispatched Belper Town 5-0 at Steel Park.

They are now targeting a magnificent seven in a row when they make the journey to take on fellow high-fliers Frickley Athletic tomorrow (Saturday).

Unbeaten Basford United currently lead the table by seven points and Corby caretaker-manager Kinniburgh believes the title is already their’s to lose.

With a restructure of the leagues due next summer, the top two will go up automatically with those finishing in the next four positions contesting the play-offs.

The Steelmen sit in fifth, just three points behind second-placed Alvechurch and Kinniburgh firmly believes that second promotion place is “up for grabs”.

“I already think the top spot is Basford’s to lose, I can’t see anybody catching them,” Kinniburgh said.

“They are running away with it and for anyone to catch them, it will take an unbelievable run of form while they would also need to slip up badly.

“So I think the teams in behind them are now playing for the other automatic promotion spot and I believe that is up for grabs at the moment.

“There are a lot of clubs, even down into the mid-table area, who will be looking at that.

“After Basford, there are a few teams who are in with a shout and that’s where we want to be.

“And that’s why November is huge for us because Frickley and Cleethorpes Town are in there themselves and they are our next two opponents.

“So, if we want to be in and around it then we really need to focus on getting two good results from the next two matches.”