Jon Dunham – Steelmen have breathed new life into their campaign

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
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It was in the Northamptonshire Telegraph on January 9 when Corby Town boss Tommy Wright told us all that a Calor League Premier Division play-off place was still the aim for him and fellow manager Andrew Wilson.

At the time, the Steelmen were 16th in the table and 13 points off the top five.

I would be surprised if I wasn’t the only one from outside the four walls of Steel Park who felt that target set by the management duo was, at best, very ambitious but, more accurately, quite unrealistic.

I did (and still do), however, admire the tenacity of these two young managers who have clearly had a positive effect on the club since they arrived.

And while I still believe it will be a huge ask for Corby to threaten those top five positions, they are certainly doing all they can to breathe new life into their season.

Take yourselves back to the end of October when the Steelmen were still searching for their first away win before two - at Colwyn Bay in the FA Cup and at St Neots Town in the league - arrived in the space of three days.

Any sort of winning sequence on the road before those games looked inconceivable but, here we are, three months on and Corby are on the back of three successive victories away from Steel Park.

And that mini winning streak has sent them into the top 10 for the first time this season, a good psychological boost if ever there was one.

The gap is still large, the Steelmen are 11 points behind Bideford who sit in the final play-off place, although they do have a mammoth five games in hand following the spate of postponements, which have mainly come at Steel Park following the recent wet weather.

The hope now is that they can start getting games on at home, hopefully the work that groundsman Gary Seymour and all the volunteers have done will be rewarded.

There is just under half a season to play, lots of points on offer and Corby know they will need a good haul if they are to achieve the aims the managers have set.

But you have to have a target and fair play to them for that. The management duo now have a squad they can call their own and, at this moment in time, they are delivering good results.

Whether they have enough to launch a stunning assault on the top five remains to be seen but there is genuinely belief in the two bosses that something incredible could unfold over the next few months.

There will be little time to come up for breath with so many midweek matches ahead of them and if there was ever a time to use that worn out cliche of ‘taking each game as it comes’ then this would be it.

The advice to the Steelmen is simple - keep your heads down and carry on. You never know where one good run of form may take you…