Malone wants Steelmen to keep up the ‘good habits’

Steelmen skipper Paul Malone
Steelmen skipper Paul Malone

Paul Malone is hoping Corby Town can take their “good habits” from pre-season into the real thing when the Blue Square Bet North campaign starts on Saturday.

Ian Sampson’s new-look Steelmen enjoyed an unbeaten run in their friendlies, culminating in a 3-1 home win over a Birmingham City XI.

Now they are ready to take on Vauxhall Motors in the curtain-raiser to the new season at Steel Park.

And skipper Malone can’t wait.

“I am overwhelmed with how well our preparations have gone,” the central defender said.

“You never look into pre-season results too much.

“But what you can look at are the good habits and we have got into a lot of those.

“The way we have been going about our business is a lot different to the way we played last season.

“We are playing in a way that everyone is comfortable with. We are passing the ball, moving and creating chances.

“I am looking forward to the start of the season and I know the rest of the lads are as well.

“We are not going to worry about Vauxhall Motors. What we have to worry about is carrying on what we have done in pre-season.”

Boss Sampson completed the signing of striker Ricky Miller yesterday and declared that his final piece of business in the transfer market.

And Malone, a close friend of Miller, always knew the frontman – who scored six goals while in trial during pre-season – would sign for the Steelmen.

“Ricky will score goals wherever he is,” Malone added.

“We go back a long way and I know him well. He was always going to sign for us.

“I think the squad looks really good, there is something for every sort of style of play we will come up against.

“We have good footballers and lads who will get stuck into it.

“We just want the season to start now.”