Food for thought for Steelmen bosses

Tom Ingram made a scoring return from injury for Corby Town in their 4-0 success over Sileby Rangers in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup
Tom Ingram made a scoring return from injury for Corby Town in their 4-0 success over Sileby Rangers in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup

Joint-manager Tommy Wright believes there is “food for thought” for him and fellow boss Andrew Wilson after Corby Town eased into the quarter-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup with a 4-0 success over ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Sileby Rangers.

The match was played on the Rockingham Triangle in a bid to rest the Steel Park pitch ahead of Saturday’s Calor League Premier Division clash with Weymouth.

And it proved to be a comfortable evening for a much-changed Corby line-up as goals from Jake Healy, Sam Ives, Tom Ingram and Nabil Shariff earned them a last-eight clash at another UCL side Cogenhoe United.

Wright was pleased with how the Steelmen performed and admitted there are some who have played their way into the managers’ thoughts for a return to league action this weekend.

“We had a little experiment with a few players in different positions and it paid off,” Wright said.

“Obviously we have to be wary that the standard of opposition wasn’t quite the same as we will face every week in the league but there were some who really caught the eye.

“That can only be a good thing for us and it gives us food for thought ahead of this weekend and the games that are coming up.

“Brad-Lee Gascoigne had a run out in midfield and both Kalern Thomas and Chris Carruthers played at centre-half so we have seen what these lads can do in different positions.”

One of the most encouraging sights for Wright and Wilson was that club captain Gareth Jelleyman came through 90 minutes for the first time since breaking his jaw back in September.

And Wright is in no doubt that the experienced left-back will be a crucial player for the club in the near future.

“Gareth needed that,” the joint-boss added.

“It was important for him to get 90 minutes under his belt after being out for so long.

“His attitude is fantastic and you can see his experience rub off on the other players. He is an important member of our squad and he is a great lad to have in the dressing-room.”

The only slight concern for the Steelmen was the withdrawal of Carruthers during the first half.

But Wright confirmed the left-sided player was taken of as a precaution after feeling some tightness in his hamstring and that he expects him to be fit for Saturday.