Sampson happy with a home start for Corby

Corby Town FC: Corby: new management team announced. ' new manager Ian Sampson 'Tuesday 22nd May 2012
Corby Town FC: Corby: new management team announced. ' new manager Ian Sampson 'Tuesday 22nd May 2012

Ian Sampson believes an opening-day home clash with Vauxhall Motors gives Corby Town an immediate opportunity to right the wrongs of last season.

The Steelmen will kick off the new Blue Square Bet North campaign against the Motormen at Steel Park, where they were beaten no less than 14 times during the last campaign, on Saturday, August 18.

An improvement in the home form was one of Sampson’s key targets when he first arrived as the new manager and he is happy his team will have an early chance to get it right in front of their own supporters.

“I am happy that we have a home game to start with,” Sampson said.

“It gives us an opportunity to try to get off to a good start on our own ground.

“We want to consign what happened at Steel Park last season to the record books and the only way we will do that is by winning our matches there.

“It is going to be virtually a new team and I am sure they are already looking forward to that first game.”

That first game is quickly followed by a midweek trip to Solihull Moors (August 21) before the August bank holiday weekend brings an away-day at Worcester City and then the first Northamptonshire derby on Bank Holiday Monday when Jon Brady’s newly-promoted Brackley Town travel to Steel Park.

“It is a stand out fixture,” Sampson added.

“I think us and Brackley will be similar in that we will be unknown quantities. They are new to the league and we will have a completely different team.

“It would be nice to put one over them but they are a smashing club and I know a lot of people down there. Hopefully the game will attract a big crowd.”

Sampson and his players were back for pre-season training on Monday night.

Don’t miss the Steelmen’s full fixture list and more news from Steel Park in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph