Corby Town have been rocked by the news that captain Gareth Jelleyman is facing six to eight weeks on the sidelines after having an operation on a broken jaw.
The Steelmen skipper suffered the injury late on in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup success over Barwell at Steel Park. Jelleyman’s jaw was broken in two places and was having a metal plate inserted during the operation yesterday.
It overshadowed a fine weekend for Corby’s new joint-managers Andrew Wilson and Tommy Wright, who take charge of their first Calor League Premier Division match tonight (Tuesday) when the Steelmen head to Banbury United.
And while Wilson admits the news about Jelleyman is a “massive loss”, he is urging his team to focus on tonight’s clash against a Banbury side who were beaten 2-1 by Cirencester Town in the FA Cup at the weekend.
“Gareth’s injury is a massive shame for him and the club,” Wilson said.
“He is our captain, our leader and he is one of the most experienced players in the squad so it is a massive loss for us.
“But it opens up an opportunity for someone else to come in and hopefully whoever gets that chance will take it.
“It was a great start at the weekend – a 3-0 win, a clean sheet and we played some positive football. But it is up to us to keep the lads’ feet firmly on the ground.
“It is just one result and it will count for nothing if we don’t follow it up in the league against Banbury.
“We will have to be wary of them following their result at the weekend and it is crucial we don’t start getting complacent. We have had a look at them and done some analysis on them so we will be ready.”
Tom McGowan is set to miss out again because of injury while there will also be a late check on Tom Ingram, who picked up a knock at the weekend.
Wilson, meanwhile, insists the Steelmen will show “full respect” to Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South side Mickleover Sports in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Corby will head to Derbyshire for the clash a week on Saturday and Wilson added: “No matter who you draw in the next round, there is always an opportunity in front of you.
“But we will show full respect to Mickleover when the time comes. I know they beat Harborough Town 8-0 in the preliminary round so that tells me they have something about them.
“The FA Cup has a great tradition because of the success that the underdogs have and we will have to be very wary when we go there.”