The Greenbacks are back on the road to make the 40-mile trip this Saturday (4th February) to face Corby Town at Steel Park. Bedworth are still looking for their first win in 2023 and look to do so against play off chasers Corby Town. The late surge from The Greenbacks against Dereham Town last weekend wasn’t enough to secure all three points and were held to a 1-1 draw.
Corby Town Football Club were formed in 1948 and are the second club to represent the town, following Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, who were formed 13 years earlier in 1935. The club’s nickname ‘The Steelmen’ derives from the old steelworks that were in Corby.
Corby Town currently sit 8th, just six points off a play-off position. The Steelmen have struggled in recent weeks, winning just once in the last 5 games, failing to score in their last 3 games and only managing just 1 goal in the previous 5 games. The Steelmen’s last 3 games have all been played away from Steel Park, which may be a reason for the struggle in form as the home form of Corby Town this season has been positive. Only 2 home league defeats this season puts them in a good position to chase a play-off place in the remaining 13 games. Their last victory came on 7th January against Hinckley LRFC, an important 1-0 win. The Steelmen will be looking to bounceback from their 1-0 league defeat against Harborough Town last weekend.
This season, Corby Town have been well supported at Steel Park, with the hosts having the second highest average attendance this season, with an average crowd of 559. Only table toppers Halesowen have a better average attendance this season, so travelling Bedworth fans should expect a lively atmosphere.
Corby have recently appointed Gary Setchell. Setchell was appointed following their last victory on Saturday 7th January against Hinckley LRFC. It’s not been the start to his tenure as Gary Setchell would have wanted, gaining just point from his first three games in charge and yet to score. As mentioned previously, due to The Steelmen playing their last 3 games away from home, it will be Gary Setchell’s first home game as Corby’s manager. Stuart Storer’s men hope to spoil The Steelmen’s home welcoming of their new manager.
The Greenbacks most recent fixture with Corby Town was back in October as The Steelmen visited the Oval in what turned out to be a 6 goal thriller. The match finished 3-3 with Bedworth coming back from a 3-0 deficit. The Steelmen raced into a 3-0 lead within 22 minutes with Tristan Dunkley, now at Bedworth, netting two goals for Corby along with Kalern Thomas. However The Greenbacks fought back and got the scoreline back to 3-2 before the half-time whistle with the goals coming from Liam Lockett and Khaellem Bailey-Nicholls. The 254 in attendance that day witnessed the fightback complete when Bailey-Nicholls notching his second of the afternoon ten minutes from time. Desean Martin was also sent off during the game, making the turnaround even more impressive from The Greenbacks. Travelling Bedworth fans will hope to see another entertaining game against Corby with this time round being victorious.
Corby’s Footballing Famous Face
In this section, we look back over the years of our upcoming opponents former players who might be familiar to fans who know their football. The player may have just played one game or a hundred, this section will briefly look at the career of a former oppositions career. The first player to feature on this Football Famous Face section is…
As a player, Morley was a striker who notably played top flight football for Manchester City and West Ham United. He also played in the Football League for Northampton Town and Reading, as well as for Norwegian clubs Brann and Sogndal. He had initially began his career with non-league side Corby Town before shortly moving on to Nuneaton Borough.
Morley was rejected by Derby as a teenager which lead for him to sign for Corby Town. Despite no official record of how many games and goals Morley notched for The Steelmen, his performances would be enough for Nuneaton to splash £5,000 on him in 1982.
From Nuneaton, Morley would go on to be play in the top two divisions of English football from 1988-1995. His most successful stint as a player came for West Ham United scoring 57 goals in 178 games.
Nowadays, the Nottingham born striker now resides in Norway and works as a pundit for TV 2 whilst also running a for-profit shelter for addicts. He also had a spell as manager of Norwegian fifth-tier side SK Bergen Sparta.
How to follow
For those attending Steel Park on Saturday afternoon ticket prices are below:
Steel Park, Jimmy Kane Way, Corby,NN17 2AE
If you aren’t able to make the journey to Corby on Saturday, make sure that you’re following the club on Twitter- @bedworth_united for live updates from Steel Park.