Shirts are up for grabs, says Steelmen boss Wright

Femi Orenuga was on target for the Steelmen at the weekend but also suffered a hamstring injury
Femi Orenuga was on target for the Steelmen at the weekend but also suffered a hamstring injury

Tommy Wright insists there are still “shirts up for grabs” as Corby Town prepare to round off their pre-season friendly campaign at Daventry Town tonight (Tuesday).

The Steelmen were beaten 2-1 at home by a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI at Steel Park on Saturday with Femi Orenuga grabbing the goal before he suffered a hamstring injury.

Both he and midfielder Ben Milnes, who is carrying a calf problem, are unlikely to feature this evening in a match that Wright believes presents an opportunity to a number of players.

Corby kick-off their Evo-Stik Northern Premier League campaign with a home clash against Matlock Town a week on Saturday.

And Wright is looking forward to having a clear schedule once tonight’s game is done and dusted.

“In a way, I am pleased this is the final friendly,” the Steelmen boss said.

“We have a couple of little knocks and, with us having the Steel Park Cup, that took care of the extra game which meant we didn’t need one for this weekend.

“To be honest, I want to get them back on the training ground and it means we will have four sessions to work on shape and other things before the first game of the season.

“I think I have got 70 to 80 per cent of my starting 11 sorted but there are probably three shirts up for grabs and it’s up to the lads to get hold of them.

“There are some players who need to show a bit more and tonight will be their opportunity to do that.

“I think we have had enough game time and now it will be a case of topping it all up on the training pitch.”