Injury crisis hitting hopes for Steelmen

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Graham Drury is pleading with his Corby Town squad to start showing some consistency in their performances.

But he admits injuries are harming their attempts to achieve that.

The Steelmen head to league leaders Hyde in the Blue Square Bet North this afternoon looking to bounce back from their disappointing home defeat by FC Halifax Town last week.

That result was especially frustrating for Drury as it came on the back of a fine win at Solihull Moors.

Corby did get back to winning ways in midweek in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup but the manager says the side cannot keep producing vastly differing displays from game to game.

However, he will have no choice but to make changes today as he could have as many as nine players missing.

But for those that do take the field, the mantra remains the same.

“It’s that lack of consistency that is killing us at the moment and it means we have to keep changing the side,” he said.

“I’m dying for a regular 11 to establish themselves and become a settled side.

“You want players who say ‘we’ve got the shirt and we’re going to keep it every week.

“You cannot keep picking one player one week and then not playing him the next because his performances have been vastly different.

“Players are looking like world-beaters one week and then producing nothing the week after.

“You want consistency as a manager when picking your team and at the moment we don’t have it because we don’t know what we’re going to get from week to week.

Skipper Phil Gulliver will return after a three-game ban but the Steelmen squad is still likely to have an unfamiliar look about it.

“We really couldn’t be having this injury crisis at a worse time,” admitted Drury.

“Yes you’ll get injuries to disrupt things from time to time, but we are really down to the bare bones for what is going to be one of our hardest games of the season.”