First friendly on the horizon as Corby step up preparations

Tommy Wright is looking forward to Corby Town's first pre-season friendly of the summer at Eynesbury Rovers next Tuesday. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Tommy Wright is looking forward to Corby Town's first pre-season friendly of the summer at Eynesbury Rovers next Tuesday. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Tommy Wright is looking forward to putting his Corby Town players into a match situation as they gear up for their first pre-season friendly of the summer next week.

The new-look Steelmen squad reported back last weekend and are now preparing for their first friendly action at United Counties League side Eynesbury Rovers on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

The Corby Town players have been back in training this week

The Corby Town players have been back in training this week

And manager Wright is keen to see what his players offer on the pitch as the preparations for their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division campaign step up a notch.

“We had another tough session on Tuesday and today (Thursday) we will be at Places Gym, who are going to put the lads through an hour of work,” Wright said.

“We are fortunate to have their backing for this season and we will be using the gym a lot as thing progress.

“Then on Saturday we will really start thinking about shape and organisation for the first friendly.

The Steelmen squad reported back for pre-season last weekend

The Steelmen squad reported back for pre-season last weekend

“The first couple of friendlies will be all about seeing what else we might need and what areas will need specific work.

“We will get our ideas into them but I am looking forward to the first game.

“I’d much rather see the boys playing football and it will give them the chance to build their match fitness.”

As far as further recruitment is concerned, Wright confirmed they will 
be looking at former Gateshead goalkeeper Kieren Proctor this weekend after he revealed Sam Donkin won’t be staying at Steel Park.

But the manager also confirmed youngsters Michael Ogilvie, Luke Aridegbe and Sekou Kromah have now been added to the first-team squad.

“We will be having a look at another goalkeeper at the weekend,” he added.

“Sam Donkin isn’t staying, he has an opportunity at St Neots and we wish him well.

“He’s a good, young goalkeeper and he has left on very good terms and is grateful for progression he has made with us.

“There’s probably going to be room for one more after that.

“But I want to have a look at things a bit closer before we decide which area of the squad we need to add to.”

Corby Town are holding Youth Academy Trials at Steel Park on Sunday, July 17 between 9.30am and 11.30am

The club are currently looking for players in school years five, nine and 10 for the under-10, under-14 and under-15 age groups for next season.

The academy provides a pathway to the first team with sides training twice a week. Next season will see teams entered into the NERF Junior Premier League.

For further information email to info@corbytownyouthfc.uk