It’s a two-horse race for the title, says Corby boss Wright

Midfielder Shane Byrne will be back in the Corby Town squad for this weekend's clash with Banbury United at Steel Park
Midfielder Shane Byrne will be back in the Corby Town squad for this weekend's clash with Banbury United at Steel Park
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Tommy Wright believes Corby Town are now involved in a straight two-horse race with Poole Town for the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title.

The top two will meet in the first leg of the Red Insure Cup final at Steel Park next Wednesday.

But the focus is now back on the race for promotion with the Steelmen preparing to host relegation-threatened Banbury United tomorrow (Saturday).

Wright was forced to read the riot act to his players last weekend when they trailed bottom side Burnham 1-0 at half-time before storming back to secure a 3-1 victory.

And the Steelmen boss is hoping his team will have learned their lesson ahead of this weekend’s clash.

“Weymouth slipped up on Wednesday (when they lost 3-1 at Frome Town) and it does look like a two-horse race now,” Wright said of the situation at the top of the table.

“Poole are a good side who have been consistent all season. But we have to concentrate on ourselves and it’s another cup final for us on Saturday.

“It’s against a team who are second-from-bottom and all the expectation and pressure will be on our boys again.

“We have got to do a professional job. The lads have got to take heart from what they did in the second half last week and take that into this weekend.”

Wright, meanwhile, insists he can understand any frustration from the Steelmen fans after his team struggled to build on a fine start in Wednesday’s Red Insure Cup semi-final success over North Leigh.

“The boys always seem to start well and then stop, I have said it time and time again,” he added.

“I don’t know whether it’s laziness or being too comfortable. I get the fans’ frustration.

“But we are not going to get the Weymouth (5-1 win) performance week in, week out.

“I would like every Saturday to be 5-0 or 6-0 but that’s not football.”

The Steelmen are set to be without injured duo Ben Milnes (ankle) and Edi Appleton (Achilles) again this weekend but midfielder Shane Byrne will return to the squad after missing the midweek victory as he had returned to his native Ireland.