Tommy Wright is set to rest a number of his first-team squad when Corby Town head to local rivals Kettering Town in the first round of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup tonight (Tuesday).
But the Steelmen boss believes the team he puts out to face the Poppies will still have a strong feel to it and he is fully expecting them to pick up a positive result against what is likely to be a youthful Kettering line-up.
Wright confirmed the likes of Edi Appleton, Ben Milnes and Wilson Carvalho are all set to feature in the clash at Latimer Park while youngsters Elliott Bentley, Jordon Crawford, Curtis Hartley will all be involved along with goalkeeper Sam Donkin, who is likely to make his first-team debut.
And Wright has challenged those who will play in the game to make an impact and give him “something to think about” for the league games to come.
“We have lads who are desperate for 90 minutes and if we didn’t do it then it will be a missed opportunity,” the Corby manager said.
“We will bring six or seven first-team players out of it but, if I look at the starting line-up we have planned, it still looks quite strong.
“I want these lads to go out there and make my job harder than it already is. I want them to give me something to think about.
“I have been very vocal about the young players and they deserve another chance to play in what will be a very competitive match.
“They did well when we put them in for the Hillier Cup game at Kettering and I expect them to repeat that and get us a positive result.”
The Steelmen, who sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, return to league action at the weekend when they head to Burnham.