CARETAKER boss Steve Housham refused to get carried away, despite recording his first win in charge of the Blues on the Northolme on Tuesday.
Housham was joined in the dug-out by Gainsborough Trinity chairman Peter Swann in the wake of Brian Little’s departure on Monday and both were delighted by Andrew Boyce’s decisive early winner.
“That’s just one game and what I got out of the lads tonight is what I expect not just on the pitch but in training as well and we’ll push that aside,” said Trinity’s stand-in boss.
“It’s a funny old game football, it comes around quick and those seven days could be forgotten quite quickly but we’re not going to get carried away.”
“In patches there was a bit of naivety about us towards the end, I want my players to go out there and enjoy and express themselves but also work hard and I think I got that tonight.”
A series of rallying Housham cries from the technical area gave Gainsborough the added impetus and encouragement to hold onto their slender advantage.
Bodies and backsides were thrown in the way of Corby shots on numerous occasions throughout the game and Housham stressed all the players need to be pulling in the same direction.
He said: “Work rate is a massive key in football; the fans like to see players working hard and putting a shift in. I will demand that even in training, training will be more intense but you’ve got to be ready for these sorts of games.”
“The players know the feeling that I want from them, and I think they gave it their all their tonight. There will be a few tired legs in there but there should be because they need to work hard for 95 minutes.”
The former Brigg manager gave Ryan Paczkowsi his first start of the campaign in place of the injured Shane Clarke in an otherwise unchanged side from the one that was beaten at Stalybridge on Saturday.
A tetchy opening five minutes prevailed although Jonathan D’Laryea should have put the hosts ahead when he ghosted inside the Corby box and fired straight at Corby stopper Chris Mackenzie.
Eight minutes in and Trinity’s early pressure finally told through Andrew Boyce. The defender had stayed up front from a Blues corner that had only been half cleared and he was on hand to head powerfully past Mackenzie from Dominic Roma’s cross.
Corby’s inability to defend routine corner kick’s almost proved their undoing again moments later. Michael Leary nodded against the post from Jamie Yates’ flag-kick and the Leary could only blaze the follow up over the crossbar.
Boyce was proving a real handful in the air and came mightily close to doubling his and the Blues’ advantage on the quarter-hour; however he failed to make a strong enough contact on Kevin Sandwith’s corner from the right.
Some excellent link up play between the two Ryan’s, Paczkowsi and Kendall brought a fine save from Mackenzie who parried the latter’s low shot around the post mid-way through the first half.
As the half wore on Corby barely tested Phil Barnes in the Gainsborough goal, Delroy Gordon had Town’s best chance but he headed wide at the far post when well-placed from Stephen Towers’ delivery.
Five minutes before the break, the visitors began to assert in the final third and Barnes had to be at his very best to deny Towers. The Corby winger’s initial shot had Trinity’s keeper beaten but not the post and Barnes reacted quickest to snuff out the follow up and the home side escaped.
One of the biggest cheers of the night came in first half injury time when former Gainsborough full-back Paul Mayo entered referee Adrian Holmes’ notebook for a late lunge on Jamie Yates’. Sandwith curled the resulting free-kick around the wall but his effort was cleared by a Town defender.
The visitors were unable to find an equaliser before the interval and they were pegged back in their own half within minutes of the restart.
Kendall had two efforts on target well saved by Mackenzie but it was his strike partner Paczkowsi who failed to convert Trinity’s clear-cut opening. Sandwith’s teasing centre found the debutant unmarked but he could only head wide with the goal at his mercy.
A long Mayo throw-in down the right created a moment of panic in the Blues defence on the hour mark. Fortunately the throw missed several Corby heads and trickled straight through to Barnes.
On 65 minutes Ryan Williams’ corner kick dropped to Kendall at the back post, and his air shot was almost converted by Boyce from an acute angle.
At the other end, Andy Hall reminded Gainsborough of the threat the visitors still posed with a long distance drive that had Barnes scampering low to his right.
Debutant Paczkowsi made way for Daryl Clare with 20 minutes left to play just as the hosts were beginning to look a little leg-weary in attack.
The veteran striker on loan from Cambridge was instantly involved and after a neat give and go with Kendall, Williams was foiled by the outstretched arm of Mackenzie who kept the score at 1-0.
Both teams could sense that the next goal would decide the outcome of this keenly contested affair and the Northolme fell silent four minutes from time when Towers’ shot looked to have crept inside Barnes’ near post. Luckily for Trinity the ball was tapped wide and nestled in the side netting.
Williams came close to sealing all three points in the final minute but again found Mackenzie in top form. The Corby goalkeeper tipped his curling effort round at the expense of another corner.
And Trinity saw out the final few minutes fairly comfortable with this victory moving the club up to 11th in Blue Square Bet North. They entertain Blyth Spartans at the Northolme on Saturday bidding to maintain their faultless home record in this new campaign
Gainsborough Trinity: Barnes; Roma, Sandwith, Cowan, Boyce, Leary, D’Laryea, R.Williams, Kendall (McMahon 85), Paczkowski (Clare 71), Yates (Nelthorpe 78). Not used: Gray, Coleman.
Corby Town: Mackenzie; McDonald (Ozmen 78), Mayo, Gordon, Gulliver, Hibbert (Ives 56), Hall, Towers, Rhead, Rogan (Burgess 63), Smith. Subs (not used): Malone, Spruce.
Goal: Boyce 8.
Referee: Adrian Holmes.
Assistants: Stuart Royston, Philip Booker.