Steelmen to get a 'first look' at rivals in Trophy clash

Jamie Anton grabbed Corby Town's fourth goal at Alvechurch in the FA Cup with this strike. The Steelmen turn their attention to the FA Trophy this weekend. Picture by David Tilley
Jamie Anton grabbed Corby Town's fourth goal at Alvechurch in the FA Cup with this strike. The Steelmen turn their attention to the FA Trophy this weekend. Picture by David Tilley

Corby Town manager Steve Kinniburgh is looking forward to getting a “first look” at Bromsgrove Sporting this weekend.

The clubs currently occupy the top two places in the early Evo-Stik League South Division One Central but it won’t be points on offer in the West Midlands on Saturday as the two teams collide in the extra preliminary round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

The Steelmen head into the clash on the back of a superb 4-1 victory at higher-ranked Alvechurch in the second qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup last weekend.

And while Kinniburgh is keen to see what Bromsgrove have to offer he doesn’t believe the outcome of the tie will have a huge bearing on what happens during the long league campaign.

“There are five or six teams who have started fairly well and when you look that bit closer there are three or four who have started slightly better and we are two of them,” the Steelmen boss said.

“With what Bromsgrove have to offer, you would expect them to be up there challenging all season.

“So this gives us a first look at them and it will give us an idea of what to expect. I am not sure any psychological edge can be taken by anyone because it’s a knockout competition and the games in the league will be different.

“For us, it’s just a matter of trying to carry on what we have started.

“I said that we would have a young squad with some solid, experienced players mixed in there and I felt that if it clicked then we would have a decent team on our hands.

“Our results have been good and that has helped create a really good changing-room.

“We just take each game as it comes and the next one is Bromsgrove so that’s where our focus is."