Robinson wants to see Steelmen 'kick on'

Ashley Robinson wants the Corby Town players to “kick on” after they set a high standard for themselves last weekend.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 7:15 am
A trip to Barton Rovers is the next challenge for the Corby Town players after they produced on of their best performances of the season last weekend. Picture by Alison Bagley

The Steelmen produced one of their best displays of the season as they thumped play-off contenders Aylesbury United 5-2 at Steel Park with Jordon Crawford hitting a perfect hat-trick while Elliot Sandy and Joe Burgess also on target.

The victory ensured Corby maintained their five-point advantage at the top of the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central ahead of tomorrow's (Saturday) trip to mid-table Barton Rovers.

Joint-manager Robinson is expecting a tough test in Bedfordshire but he has now challenged his team to build on the fine win over Aylesbury.

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“It’s going to be difficult,” he said.

“Barton are a good side, they are going to be up for it and they are at home.

“Their pitch will be a bit sticky so, again, we will have to move the ball quickly but we will be going there wanting nothing less than three points.

“We want to keep this run going and we don’t want to let the standards drop from last Saturday.

“After analysing the game and looking back on the things we did well and the things we didn’t do well, I think it was an extremely good performance.

“We played good football, we played off one or two touch, which is something I have been asking the boys to do.

“It was one of the best performances of the season and we want the players to kick on and we want them to get better.”

The Steelmen were boosted by the arrival of the experienced James Clifton ahead of last weekend’s game and he produced an impressive performance on his debut.

And, with Steve Diggin also returning from a knee injury, Robinson believes his squad is as strong as it has been all season.

“James is one of those players you could put anywhere on the pitch and he wouldn’t look out of place,” he added.

“He’s buying into what me and Gary (fellow joint-boss Mulligan) want at the club and he is a big asset for us.

“He did make a difference. He has got that knowledge and that footballing brain where he can create space and he makes it look easy, which is always the sign of a good player.

“But we also have Steve coming back from injury and we have got Elliot Sandy back to full fitness. The squad is taking shape and I believe it’s the strongest it has been all season."