Steelmen squad will be as strong as we can make it, says Wilson

Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson
Steelmen joint-boss Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson insists he and fellow joint-manager Tommy Wright will continue to do what they can to field the strongest squad possible for Corby Town’s remaining Calor League Premier Division fixtures.

The return of the likes of Gareth Jelleyman, Chris Carruthers and Claudiu Hoban proved to be key for the Steelmen as they made a welcome return to winning ways with a 3-1 success over AFC Totton at Steel Park on Wednesday.

Corby are back on home soil again tomorrow (Saturday) when they entertain Hungerford Town.

And while Wilson admits the squad isn’t as strong as it was a few weeks ago before the problems with players’ wages struck, an issue that saw the likes of Paul Malone, Aman Verma and Nathan Stanton leave the club while others chose not to play until the money they were owed was paid, he insists they will do all they can to stay on the winning trail.

Wilson revealed he “lost his rag” with his team at half-time on Wednesday but he was delighted with the response as they put an end to a four-game losing streak.

“I lost my rag a bit with them at half-time and that doesn’t happen very often,” Wilson said.

“I thought we lacked belief to keep getting on the ball in the first half and when we did that I didn’t think they could handle us.

“So I wanted them to go back out and have the courage to get back on the ball.

“It was a fairly even game and we took our chances just like they did against us on Saturday (when the Steelmen lost 2-1 to the same opponents).

“We got the three points and we got the job done. It wasn’t always as pretty as we would have liked.

“We are under no illusions that the squad has changed and we aren’t as strong as we were. If you lose five players it makes a difference.

“We now regroup and get the best squad we can for every single game and that is what we will try to do.

“We really do have to make sure we take one game at a time, make sure the players get paid when they should get paid next time and try to get three points in the next game.”

One bright point from a sorry few weeks has seen the emergence of 16-year-old Connor Kennedy, who kept his place in the side for Wednesday’s game having been drafted in during the period when senior players had chosen not to play.

And Wilson added: “Connor is composed in possession and he works hard out of possession.

“He does a lot of the simple things really well and I think too many times players try to do the difficult thing when they aren’t even getting the basics right.

“He is one for the future and we want him in and around the club.”

The final word from the Steelmen’s joint-boss, however, went to the club’s supporters who, despite there only being 131 of them in attendance on Wednesday, again made themselves heard during a tough time.

“I would like to compliment the fans because in the last two home games they have been banging the drum,” Wilson added.

“They have been louder than I have heard before and it was great to see they were supporting the whole team throughout.”