Chris Plummer will be “looking for a response” from his Corby Town players when they do battle with Desborough Town for a place in the final of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup tonight (7.45pm).
The Steelmen head to the Waterworks Field for the semi-final clash on the back of two heavy defeats in the Blue Square Bet North as they followed a 6-1 thrashing at Harrogate Town with a 5-1 home defeat to FC Halifax Town at the weekend.
Plummer confirmed he will give some of his fringe players a run out this evening but he knows his side are in for a tough examination from Steve Walker’s Ar Tarn, who have enjoyed a fine season to date in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division.
“We will have a look at who is fit and who isn’t,” Plummer said.
“Some of the lads have played a lot of games on these heavy pitches. I know we have had a bit of a break but we also have big league games coming up as well.
“There are a few lads who have been waiting in the wings who deserve a chance as well. It will be a bit of mix but I am sure that the lads who come in will be good enough to get a result as long as we are on top of our game.
“We want to win the game, there is no two ways about it. Desborough may be lower league opposition but it is going to be a tough test for us. They will be desperate to get through to the final. It is a massive feather in their cap if they can beat us.
“We will have to be on top of our game and we need to bounce back after the last two results. I will be looking for a response from the lads.”
Walker, meanwhile, is targeting an upset for Ar Tarn and he believes his in-form side are more than capable of reaching the final.
Desborough claimed an impressive 2-1 success at Blackstones in the UCL Premier Division on Saturday, courtesy of two goals from former Corby man Kevin Byrne.
And boss Walker said: “We are obviously the underdogs because they are three divisions higher than us.
“But it is a big night for me and (assistant-manager) Gordon Kyle because we both used to be at Corby and I was the stadium manager there for a while.
“We are on a bit of a roll and they have obviously had a couple of heavy defeats so our hope will be that their confidence has taken a knock.
“For the first 30 minutes on Saturday we played as well as we have done all season. It was a great performance.
“We are unbeaten in our last six and we will fancy our chances but we know we will need to play well.
“I don’t think Desborough have been in a final for nine or 10 years so we would love to change that. We are at home and we will go for it. My other main hope is that there is a big crowd on hand to watch the game.”