Workington Reds must be on the mettle to beat Steelmen
Last updated at 12:33, Friday, 07 September 2012
Workington Reds boss Darren Edmondson admits the pressure is on to beat crisis club Corby Town.
And they will have to do so without winger Jake Simpson, who quit Borough Park to join Northern League Premier side Kendal Town.
Simpson agreed terms on Wednesday, after Lee Ashcroft put in seven days notice on the son of ex-Manchester City and Carlisle United midfielder Paul.
Edmondson said: “Jake was getting frustrated at a lack of minutes on the pitch. He has been great to work with, and will continue to train with us.
“No ties have been cut, he just wants to play football.”
Tomorrow’s visitors Corby are pointless after five matches, having conceded 18 times already, and have lost manager Ian Sampson.
The 43-year-old quit after relations with chairman Kevin Ingram broke down, leading to assistant Chris Plumber taking temporary charge.
Edmondson, who goes into the clash aiming for a hat-trick of victories, said that despite Corby’s problems, the Steelman remained dangerous.
“Make no bones about it, this match will not be easy,” he added.
“They have replaced their manager, and we all know what can happen when a new guy comes in.
“We will be taking nothing for granted, and Corby’s poor start to the season will count for nothing when the first whistle goes.
“The pressure will be on us to grind out a result, but we go into the game full of confidence.
“We are playing some good football, creating chances, and most importantly, finishing those opportunities.
“Corby come to us desperate to get points on the board, and that makes them dangerous.
“It’s our job to keep our discipline and make sure we play the game how we want to.”
Loan stars Andre da Costa, Will Vaulks and James Bolton will all continue to star for Workington, as Edmondson aims to extend their deals.
All three will go back to the parent clubs after the trip to Brackley next weekend, unless new deals can be agreed.
Carlisle youngster Josh Todd will also be involved, but it likely to start on the bench, with Edmondson reluctant to change the team that has won 3-1 on each of the last two games.
Workington beat Vauxhall convincingly on Tuesday night, despite falling behind, and go up against Corby who have not beaten Reds since 2009.
Both clashes last year ended in stalemate, but this year Corby have former Crystal Palace and Norwich striker Leon McKenzie in their ranks.
First published at 11:49, Friday, 07 September 2012
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