Redditch trip one of the toughest for Steelmen

Tommy Wright is looking forward to Corby Town's trip to Redditch this weekend
Tommy Wright is looking forward to Corby Town's trip to Redditch this weekend

Tommy Wright believes Corby Town’s trip to Redditch United tomorrow (Saturday) is one of the toughest games they have left this season.

The Steelmen head to the West Midlands sitting in second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division and still two points adrift of leaders Poole Town, who have three games in hand.

The top two shared a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Red Insure Cup final at Steel Park on Wednesday night.

But the focus is now back on the race for promotion and Wright knows his team are in for a tough test against a side who are chasing a play-off place and have already beaten the Steelmen once this season in the FA Trophy.

“It is probably the toughest game we have got now,” Wright said.

“We have played against Redditch twice and only one goal has been scored in two games.

“They are organised, disciplined and aggressive. It will be a bit of a battle.

“I wouldn’t have wanted a Banbury or Burnham this weekend. That’s where complacency can become an issue after a cup game like we had on Wednesday.

“It’s a big game to keep the lads focused and I am looking forward to it.”

The clash at Redditch is quickly followed by another away game at Slough Town on Tuesday before the Steelmen play their final home league match of the season, excluding the play-offs, against Dorchester Town next weekend.

An April that features five successive away games completes the campaign but Wright remains unfazed by what looks a tough finish.

“Next Saturday will be our last home league game of the season and we want the fans to help us get over the line,” he added.

“The boys are close to achieving something and if we have to go through the play-offs then I am sure they will be out in force for that. But we need them next Saturday.

“We are second in the league because our form has been consistent home and away all season.

“That’s why April doesn’t really faze me. If anything, it takes away a little bit of pressure from playing at Steel Park. Every single game is a big one and we can’t afford to slip up.”

The Steelmen are set to have Brad-Lee Gascoigne available again this weekend as he has received a facemask to wear to protect the broken nose he suffered during last Saturday’s win over Banbury United.