Steelmen must be at full throttle as they look to hit back

Ashley Robinson believes Corby Town will need to be “full throttle and going all guns blazing” when they head to St Neots Town this weekend.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 7:00 am
Steelmen joint-manager Ashley Robinson. Picture by Alison Bagley

The Steelmen will be looking to bounce back after they suffered a 2-0 home to defeat to Thame United at Steel Park last Saturday.

It proved to be a real day to forget as Ryan Robbins and Jordon Crawford both had first half penalties saved and the Steelmen were unable to break Thame down in the second period - even after the visitors had been reduced to 10 men.

With second-placed Berkhamsted also losing, Corby remain top of the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central table and their two-point advantage will become five if they win this weekend as Berkhamsted are without a game while in-form Halesowen Town in FA Trophy action.

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And, with the busy festive period fast approaching, joint-manager Robinson knows his team can’t afford many more bad days like the one they endured last Saturday.

“Every game is important and we will approach tomorrow (Saturday) like every other,” he said.

“It was frustrating to lose last weekend, especially after missing two penalties and them going down to 10 men but we weren’t at the races and that’s something we can’t do moving forward.

“We can’t take our foot off the pedal. We need to be full throttle and going all guns blazing in every game.

“I believe we are capable of beating anyone on our day but this weekend is going to be very important as we come up to the period where games will be coming thick and fast.

“We need to keep putting points on the board, looking after ourselves and not worrying about people around us.

“St Neots might be down there but, at the same time, some of their results haven’t been too bad recently so we will have to prepare properly and hopefully we can put in a better performance.”

Robinson, meanwhile, expects assistant-manager Elliot Sandy to be fully fit for the clash at St Neots after he was only named as a substitute last weekend.

And fellow frontman Stephen Diggin could also be closing in on a return having been sidelined for nearly two months with a knee injury.

“We just needed to give Elliot some rest but he should be fit and ready to play this weekend,” Robinson added.

“Stephen got through a training session last Thursday and through the warm-up on Saturday, which was very pleasing.

“We will assess him this week and if he comes through two training sessions this week then we will potentially look at putting him in the squad for tomorrow.

“I do think we are maybe missing that clinical edge and hopefully we will have a fully-fit squad to choose from coming into this busy period.”