Tommy Wright hailed an “unbelievable” performance from his Corby Town players as they emphasised their promotion credentials by dismantling fellow high-flyers Weymouth.
Spencer Weir-Daley hit a hat-trick while Cleveland Taylor and Greg Mills, from the penalty spot, were also on target in a magnificent 5-1 victory in front of the biggest crowd of the season at Steel Park.
The win was somewhat overshadowed by a horrendous injury suffered by central defender Paul Malone who was taken to hospital where it was confirmed he had suffered a broken leg in two places and a dislocated ankle after he made a last-ditch challenge to deny Weymouth’s Adam Kelly in the first half.
But the Steelmen still went on to destroy the Terras and move up to third in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Corby remain six points behind leaders Poole Town from two games more but boss Wright was left thrilled by his team’s display.
“That was unbelievable, it was the most complete performance of the season,” he said.
“It was spot on and some of the football we played was a different class.
“We challenged them before the game to go and make statement. We told them to get out of the traps and Weymouth didn’t react to that. We got the early advantage and didn’t look back.
“The team talk prior to the game took care of itself. If you can’t get up for a game of that magnitude in front of a big crowd then you never will.”
As far as Malone was concerned, the manager and his assistant David Clarke stayed with the defender until an ambulance arrived after the game.
And Wright was pleased to see his players retain their focus in the second period, despite the awful injury suffered by their team-mate.
“Obviously Molly with his injury is the one downside but the lads did it for him,” he added.
“It was tough after the game and at half-time.
“Molly was lying in the middle of the floor, he was crying because he was in a lot of pain.
“I wanted to get the boys out of there quickly at half-time. You have your leader with his leg in such bad way and it’s not nice. We wanted to keep the lads focused.
“We had to come out and believe it was 0-0 and we needed to go out and play again. Obviously we did that.”