Tommy Wright was delighted with what he described as a “vital” 2-1 win for Corby Town over Banbury United as they maintained their promotion challenge in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Goals from Jamie Anton and captain Cleveland Taylor secured a comfortable victory as the struggling visitors responded only with a penalty deep into stoppage-time at the end of the game.
It’s a case of ‘as you were’ at the top of the table as Poole Town’s 2-0 win at Dunstable Town keeps them two points clear of the Steelmen with three games in hand.
It wasn’t a vintage performance from Corby as they struggled in a first half that saw defender Brad-Lee Gascoigne leaving the field twice for treatment on a cut.
But overall Wright was happy as he singled out the highly-impressive Anton for praise.
The Corby boss said: “It was vital. The three points were massive for us because we knew that elsewhere, the chances were that the others would pick up wins.
“We have done our bit. We were a bit disappointed not to keep a clean sheet and it was a bit unjust towards the end.
“But a win is a win and that’s another ticked off on the target.
“For half of the first half we were playing with 10 men and a lot of people will forget that.
“We were a man down for two spells of five or 10 minutes so it was a bit stop-start and it wasn’t the ideal scenario.
“Jamie Anton, that was probably the best he has played for a long time in a Corby Town shirt.
“As a footballer, you accept criticism and you accept praise. He had criticism at half-time last Saturday and he has had a lot of praise this week.
“He was immense and it shows a lot of character from a very young head.”
Wright, meanwhile, was relaxed about the comments made by Banbury manager Paul Davis in the build-up to the clash.
Davis was quoted as saying: “If you look at Corby, they don’t have any outstanding players, but they perform to a high level consistently.”
It was a comment that caused a stir amongst Steelmen fans on social media.
But, when asked about it, Wright said: “Talking to him before the game, those comments might have been a bit misinterpreted to be honest.
“It’s easy to hear something out of someone’s mouth and then get the wrong end of the stick.
“I don’t think he meant it as poison. I get what he is saying. The boys are a unit and we do work hard as a team.
“In terms of outstanding individuals, define an outstanding individual because I look at them as people like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and unfortunately, we don’t have any of them in the Southern League.
“I am delighted with what I have got in my dressing-room and I have told the lads that the only opinion that should matter to them is the one I am telling them at half-time and full-time.”
The Steelmen are now preparing for the first leg of the Red Insure Cup final against Poole at Steel Park on Wednesday night.