Corby ready to make a move forward

Corby are ready to make a big push this season
Corby are ready to make a big push this season

Corby are a win away from taking big strides forward according to manager Ricky Egan.

The club who finished bottom of Midlands Four East (South) last season have shown improvement in this campaign despite the have both their games so far have ended in defeat.

The first was after a battling 38-17 reverse to a strong looking St Neots side.

The other came in somewhat controversial circumstances when they went down 22-12 to Stamford College Old Boys.

But the improvements are there for all to see.

A new coaching set-up has helped and some recruitment on the playing side has made a difference.

Now they need to put in the cliched ‘80-minute performance’.

“That’s hitting the nail right on the head,” Egan stated.

“We have lost out towards the end and need to keep going.

“All we are missing at the minute is a bit of discipline and some decision making on the pitch.

“Before we were talking about how we had played badly in various aspects – now there is just tweaking to be done.

“We’ve got a new backs coach in Paul Anderson and Andy Powell – who has played for Sale and Orrell – is our forwards coach.

“We’ve brought in some players who have played at a better standard.

“The only disappointing thing at the moment is the results don’t show the improvements we have made.

“Now we just need to win that first game – so we get the belief we can do it – and then I’m sure we will go on from there.”

A game against Peterborough – four losses from four games – could be just what Kettering need this weekend in Midlands One East.

The Blues’ season is showing a disturbing trend at the moment.

Having won convincingly in their opening fixture they have subsequently lost the next three.

But on each occasion they have led in the matches and, in the case of the clash with Paviors last time out, should perhaps have won more.

Last weekend’s game saw them 18-6 up before seeing two men head for the sin-bin and their opponents score a converted try five minutes into injury-time to win 20-18.

In Midlands Two East (South), Rushden & Higham will be keen to build on an impressive 47-40 win over Earlsdon in the Intermediate Cup last week.

The Manor Park side are yet to win in the league since securing promotion and will face a tough task at unbeaten Lutterworth.

Wellingborough, who were not in action last weekend, face a side in Leicester Forest who started the season in the same fashion as themselves – one win, one loss.

Form side Stewarts & Lloyds maintained their impressive scoring record as they walloped Skegness 59-0 in the Senior Vase while Oundle continued to pile on the points with a similarly emphatic 54-0 win over Stoke Old Boys in the Junior Vase.

They face Northampton Casuals and Old Newtonians in Midlands Three and Midlands Four action respectively this weekend.