A twist of fate for Wilson ahead Corby’s FA Cup clash

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Corby Town versus Barwell is a fixture that means a lot to one half of the Steelmen’s new management team.

The two clubs go head-to-head in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Steel Park on Saturday.

And it is a massive day for Corby as Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright (pictured) take charge of their first game since being appointed as joint-managers of the club on Monday.

Wright, who scored against Corby for Tamworth in the FA Trophy last season, is set to play in the game with former Harborough Town boss and ex-Histon assistant-manager Wilson directing traffic from the sidelines.

For Wilson, it will be a homecoming of sorts and the fact Corby are playing Barwell is another twist of fate.

“For me personally, it is me coming back to my roots,” Wilson said.

“I played for Corby as a youngster and then, funnily enough, my first ever game in adult football was playing for Barwell in a game against Corby.

“It is strange how football works sometimes.

“My mum is from Cottingham and I have family there so the area is an important part of my life.”

The job for the new managers has already started in earnest and they have been busy learning more about their first opponents who play in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

“We knew we were in with a chance of getting the job so we watched Barwell last week and we watched them again on Tuesday against Stamford,” Wilson added.

“We will do our homework and the feedback so far is that they are physical team and they like to get the ball forward quickly and play in the opposition’s third.

“We will certainly have to be ready and we will set the team up accordingly.”

Tom McGowan and Chris Carruthers could both be involved at the weekend having missed the last two league matches because of injuries.