Steelmen and the rest have belief after Poole’s slip-up

Kalern Thomas made a welcome return from a knee injury during Corby Town's 2-1 victory at Frome Town on Saturday

Kalern Thomas made a welcome return from a knee injury during Corby Town's 2-1 victory at Frome Town on Saturday

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Tommy Wright feels Poole Town’s slip-up at Hitchin Town at the weekend will have given those chasing them belief in the race for promotion in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

Wright takes his Corby Town team to bottom side Banbury United tomorrow (Tuesday) night knowing that a win could take them level on points with the leaders.

The clash is followed by a 10-day break with no fixture next Saturday due to Weymouth’s continued interest in the FA Trophy.

Poole are the visitors to Steel Park on the final Saturday before Christmas but Wright, who came off the bench to hit the winner in the 2-1 success at Frome Town at the weekend, is looking no further than tomorrow night’s match, which he insists will be far from a foregone conclusion.

“It’s not going to be easy game, there’s no such thing in this division,” Wright said.

“We have seen their results recently and they have improved, they were only beaten by a late goal at Weymouth at the weekend so they must have something about them.

“It’s one of those leagues where anyone can beat anyone.

“I don’t think there is an unstoppable team in there and we saw that with Poole at the weekend.

“I think it’s good for the league that they slipped up, it gives others belief and we have to make sure we do the job at Banbury before a little break.”

The Steelmen had Kalern Thomas back at the weekend following a knee injury and it means they are set to be at full-strength tomorrow with Cleveland Taylor available again after serving a one-match ban at Frome.

Wright added: “It was a big boost for us to have Kalern back and he didn’t look like had missed anything.

“I think we have missed him, he is a good lad and he is one of those players who gives 100 per cent every week.

“He has come through 90 minutes without any reaction so it looks like we will have a full squad to choose from with Cleveland coming back into it.

“We have been lucky with injuries so far and I think Kalern’s is the worst we have had so that’s something we have to be grateful for.”