All the pressure is on Poole, declares Steelmen boss Wright

Corby Town goalkeeper Paul Walker celebrates while the Weymouth players show thei disappointment following the Steelmen's 1-0 win last weekend which set up this Saturday's title showdown at Poole Town. Picture by Finnbarr Webster/Dorset Echo
Corby Town goalkeeper Paul Walker celebrates while the Weymouth players show thei disappointment following the Steelmen's 1-0 win last weekend which set up this Saturday's title showdown at Poole Town. Picture by Finnbarr Webster/Dorset Echo

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright believes all the pressure is on Poole Town ahead of the title showdown between the two clubs tomorrow (Saturday).

There will be drama guaranteed on the south coast as the top two in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division go head-to-head to see who will be crowned champions and who will have to try to earn promotion through the play-offs.

With both teams locked on 91 points, Poole hold a slight advantage as they sit on top of the table due to their superior goal difference and will claim the title if they avoid defeat.

The Steelmen have to win with any other outcome meaning they will be involved in a home play-off semi-final at Steel Park on Wednesday evening.

But, despite the odds being slightly against his side, boss Wright insists the pressure is all on Poole, who were the long-time leaders of the division.

A stunning run of form from Corby during the second half of the season coupled with some surprising slip-ups from the Dolphins have created an opportunity even Wright himself didn’t think could happen.

The Steelmen beat Poole 1-0 in the reverse fixture and drew twice with them in the two-legged Red Insure Cup final with the Dolphins picking up the silverware on away goals.

And Wright said: “I think there is more pressure on them because they are the ones who have let us in.

“The general feeling down there will be that it should not have come to a one-game shoot-out.

“They led from the start and they probably should have been six, seven or eight points clear of us by now.

“Add to that they have got to play a team they have faced three times and not beaten then I think there’s even more pressure.

“It will be a really easy team talk for me. The boys are naturally going to be up for it.

“It’s the two best teams in the division going for it and I want us to get out of the traps and come out all guns blazing.

“We would have snapped someone’s hand off if they had given us these circumstances a few weeks ago.

“It is a situation that we didn’t think we would be in so, from our point of view, it is a massive bonus and we go there with great confidence.

“They are a very good side, everyone knows that. I am sure they will be confident about keeping us out but I have got a lot of belief in my players.

“We know how Poole set up so from a tactical point of view, there shouldn’t be any issues. We just have to concentrate on trying to win the game.”

Wright confirmed he will have a full-strength squad to choose from with the exceptions of long-term injury victims Paul Malone and Edi Appleton.

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