Table-topping Steelmen must be at their best

Ashley Robinson knows Corby Town will have to “be at their best” if they are to maintain top spot in the BetVictor Southern League Division One Central this weekend.

Friday, 6th December 2019, 7:58 am
Updated Friday, 6th December 2019, 7:58 am
The Corby Town players celebrate after their 1-0 win at Didcot Town last weekend. Picture by David Tilley

Jordon Crawford’s superb first-half striker secured the Steelmen a hard-fought 1-0 victory at Didcot Town last Saturday, despite them having to play the majority of the second half with 10 men after Joe Burgess was sent-off.

The victory ensured Corby remain two points clear at the summit going into this weekend’s home clash with Thame United.

And, having seen his team win the ugly way at Didcot, joint-manager Robinson insists the Steelmen players must “turn up” on home soil tomorrow (Saturday).

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“To be honest, it was not the prettiest of performances at Didcot,” Robinson said.

“But, at the end of the day, it’s about getting the three points.

“The pitch wasn’t great, the weather wasn’t great and the performance wasn’t great but we have come away from a tough place with the win thanks to a fantastic goal from Jordon.

“I believe in every player we have got in the dressing-room and if they give 110 per cent then they are capable of beating anyone in the division.

“But we have to turn up. The players will be prepared and we will do some homework on Thame.

“We have only lost once at home against Kempston but that should be enough to ensure the players don’t take anyone lightly.

“Thame will be a threat, they have been picking up points so we have to make sure we are at our best.”

The Steelmen are still set to be without striker Steve Diggin due to a knee injury while Burgess will now have to serve a second four-match ban of the season following his red card last weekend.

Robinson added: “Joe was absolutely fantastic for us in the first half but that’s his game.

“He ruffles a few feathers and he gets in people’s faces but we have to make sure we keep it under control because we don’t want to be without him for half of the season.

“I didn’t see the tackle so I can’t comment on it but it’s obviously a loss to be without him.

“However, like we have said before, we have players who are capable of coming in and doing a job without it affecting things too much."