Tommy Wright piled the praise on his Corby Town players after they started the new year by hitting top spot in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Spencer Weir-Daley came off the substitutes’ bench to hit the winner for the Steelmen as they beat Histon 1-0 in front of over 600 fans at Steel Park at lunchtime.
An afternoon of watching scores come in from elsewhere followed and there was good news for Corby as both Poole and Weymouth were held to draws, enabling Wright’s men to open up a two-point lead at the summit.
Their two nearest rivals still have games in hand but Wright insists all his team can do is continue to put the pressure on them as the preparations for Saturday’s trip to Hitchin Town now get under way.
Taking over at the summit after a sixth win in a row in all competitions rounded off an excellent week for Wright, who signed a new deal with the Steelmen to remain at the club until the end of next season.
He said: “Dave (assistant-manager Clarke) and I just stayed at the club to wait and see what happened. It was a bit strange coming off after the game and not being able to check the other scores.
“We did our bit by winning our game and fortunately some of the other results have gone for us.
“I am sure Weymouth and Poole would have seen our result before they played. And that’s what we have to keep doing. We have to keep putting the pressure on them and asking questions.
“It’s a credit to the boys and it has been a great couple of weeks for us.
“We have put ourselves in a position where we could go and win a title and the boys deserve all the credit for it.”
As far as the game itself was concerned, Wright admitted Corby should have won by more as Greg Mills saw a penalty saved while the woodwork was also struck three times before Weir-Daley grabbed the crucial goal.
And the manager was delighted to see the striker come off the bench to seal the points.
“It should have been more and it was frustrating,” Wright added.
“It got to the point where you thought that today might not be our day. We hit the woodwork three times, missed a penalty and their goalkeeper has made three point-blank saves.
“But the good thing for us was that we had a proven goalscorer on the bench, we put him on and he got the winner so it was Spencer’s day.
“It was a thoroughly deserved three points and I don’t think anyone could argue with that. The boys did a real job for us.”