Corby Town joint-manager Andrew Wilson conceded his team made it hard for themselves before booking their place in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw.
The Steelmen continued their remarkable run of form at Steel Park as they made it seven wins in a row on their own turf with a 4-2 success over Evo-Stik Northern League Premier Division side Trafford in Saturday’s third qualifying round clash.
Corby raced into a 2-0 lead thanks to Paul Malone and Tom McGowan, only to be pegged back to 2-2 at half-time. But they came out firing after the break and eventually ran out comfortable winners with Malone adding another before Trafford defender Andy Smart put through his own net.
Wilson directed traffic from the sidelines while fellow manager Tommy Wright featured on the pitch.
And while he was delighted with the final outcome, Wilson admitted his team will need to sort out their defensive issues if they are to enjoy more success in the future.
“It was a long old game and we don’t half make it hard for ourselves,” Wilson said.
“We went 2-0 up and then allowed them to get back into the game.
“And at 2-2 at half-time, you are thinking ‘why do we shoot ourselves in the foot’. But we roused things up at the break and I thought we were the dominant team in the second half.
“We could have scored more but we are just very happy to be in the next round.
“When we are on it and when we are working well as a team, I don’t think there are many teams at our level that can live with us.
“We need to address the defensive side of things. And that is not just the goalkeeper and defenders, it is the whole unit.
“We give Trafford credit because they had real go at us at the end of the second half.
“But if we can address our defensive issues then we will have a great chance of progressing further in the FA Cup, getting that elusive first away win and improving our league position.”
All Corby eyes and ears will now be on the fourth qualifying round draw, which is being made live during Colin Murray’s radio show on talkSPORT from 10.30am tomorrow (Monday) morning.
The Skrill Premier clubs come in at this stage with all teams now knowing they are just one more win away from the first round proper.
Corby banked another £7,500 for winning at the weekend but when it comes to the draw, Wilson isn’t quite sure what he wants but will take whatever is thrown at his team.
“There are varying ways of looking at it,” Wilson said.
“You could get an established Conference side like Luton and if we went there then it would be a decent pay day for the club and a great experience for our players.
“But, with the way we are playing at Steel Park, we could give anyone a good game at home.
“I am not sure what to think as far as the draw is concerned. We will take whatever we get and we will prepare for whatever the challenge is.
“A Luton away or a side from the same standard at home? I am not sure which would be the best. But we can’t control what we get anyway.”
Stay tuned to this website for more reaction from Tommy Wright tomorrow morning as well as news of the FA Cup fourth qualifying round draw