Promising signs for Wright’s Steelmen

Milton Keynes Dons goalkeeper Charlie Burns is beaten by Andre Johnson's penalty during Corby Town's 3-1 defeat at Steel Park. Picture by David Tilley

Milton Keynes Dons goalkeeper Charlie Burns is beaten by Andre Johnson's penalty during Corby Town's 3-1 defeat at Steel Park. Picture by David Tilley

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Tommy Wright felt Corby Town “showed a lot of promise” after their first home friendly of the summer ended in a 3-1 defeat to Sky Bet League One outfit Milton Keynes Dons.

The new-look Steelmen performed well during a goalless first half at Steel Park but fell behind to Ben Reeves’ penalty soon after the restart before the same player struck again.

Andre Johnson pulled one back from the penalty spot but Sam Nombe wrapped up the win for Karl Robinson’s side with a close-range header.

Nonetheless, Corby boss Wright was pleased with his team’s efforts, particularly during the first half.

“I was disappointed that a lot of Corby fans weren’t there to see it because for 45 minutes we showed a lot of promise,” he said.

“Our defensive shape was excellent, I thought some of our build-up play was superb.

“Throughout the team we couldn’t pick any faults with them for 45 minutes.

“We made four changes at the break, these boys need game time as well and it was a soft penalty decision.

“You are cautious of the fact that it might affect team spirit but they kept playing and with 20 minutes to go, we were able to bring some 16 and 17 year olds onto the pitch and they held their own which was pleasing to see.”

The Steelmen are now preparing for the Steel Park Cup, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend with ‘XIs’ from PSV Eindhoven, Newcastle United and Leeds United joining them for the two-day competition.

Don’t miss a full preview of the Steel Park Cup in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph