Wilson confident Corby’s FA Cup clash will go ahead

Corby Town joint-boss Andrew Wilson
Corby Town joint-boss Andrew Wilson

Corby Town joint-manager Andrew Wilson has “every faith” that Saturday’s big FA Cup first-round clash with Dover Athletic will go ahead.

The Steelmen were forced to postpone a third home game in a row last night (Wednesday) as their Calor League Premier Division clash with Banbury United fell victim to the drainage problems in the middle of the Steel Park pitch.

The postponement sparked fears that this weekend’s game may also be in doubt.

But Wilson has assured the fans that everything is being done to ensure their big day against the Skrill South outfit goes ahead.

Wilson said: “It is a shame that the game was been called off because the players are chomping at the bit to play football.

“But sadly it appears that it was maybe a couple of days early for the pitch after the well documented issues that we have been having.

“Gary Seymour (head groundsman) and Brian Dighton have worked tirelessly along with a number of other volunteers on the pitch all week to remove the standing water issues and prevent it from happening again.

“However it was always going to be a race against time to get the pitch ready for the Banbury game and we just lost out.

“Thanks to those guys I have every faith that Saturday’s game will go ahead. If it hadnt been for their hard work then this weekend’s clash would certainly be in doubt.

“Further work will be undertaken to hopefully alleviate the problem. The chairman and the board have worked extremely hard behind the scenes to liaise with the local council and the initial pitch contractors to resolve the issues and it’s great news that the problems are nowhere near as bad as first feared.

“So as frustrating that it is to have the game called off, things are looking much more positive than they were on Saturday.”

Wilson also pointed to positives that came out of the Banbury game not going ahead and he insists the Steelmen will be looking to create a “piece of history” against Dover.

“We were confident that we could go out and get all three points last night ahead of the weekend,” he added.

“Winning is a habit and we wanted to extend our recent run even further and get some more points on the board.

“However it does mean that we will go into the Dover game with a full bill of health, and all of the lads will be fresh and raring to go. Injuries are always a major concern ahead of a game of this magnitude, so thats a huge relief for myself and Tommy.

“It can only be a good thing too that they (Dover) could not come and watch us, as they had planned.

“I am extremely confident that the pitch issue should be resolved. Rest assured the game will be played on Saturday and we hope for a bumper crowd to witness a historic occasion for the FA Cup. And we hope to be creating our own piece of history too.”