Steelmen boss Wright happy with ‘point gained’

Connor Kennedy was the hero for Corby Town as his first goal for the club secured a 2-2 draw against Dunstable Town at Steel Park
Connor Kennedy was the hero for Corby Town as his first goal for the club secured a 2-2 draw against Dunstable Town at Steel Park

Tommy Wright insisted it was a case of “a point gained” after Corby Town and Dunstable Town battled out a 2-2 draw at Steel Park.

The Steelmen took the lead thanks to Spencer Weir-Daley’s seventh goal in six games but the visitors battled back to lead 2-1.

However, 17-year-old full-back Connor Kennedy curled home a fabulous equaliser with 12 minutes to go - his first goal for the club - as Corby claimed a point, which moved them up to fourth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

And while manager Wright admitted he was frustrated by some missed chances, he was delighted with the overall performance.

“It should have been more,” the Steelmen boss said.

“This is when you challenge the boys and when you come up against good teams, you have to take your chances.

“In the first half we had opportunities to be 2-0 or 3-0 up and if you don’t take those chances, you let them back into the game.

“It was a weird half-time team talk because we were pleased with the way the lads were playing and we were hoping it wouldn’t be St Neots all over again when we smashed them all over the park and came out for the second half and lost 3-1.

“We went 2-1 down against the run of play but to claw one back in the way we did with an unbelievable finish from Connor was great and we deserved that.

“The lads put a great shift in. I don’t see it as two points dropped. I see it as a point gained and the performance was the most pleasing thing.”

Wright, meanwhile, reserved glowing praise for youngster Kennedy, whose stock continues to rise after he burst onto the scene towards the end of last season.

The Corby boss confirmed his former club Leicester City have been keeping tabs on the right-back but he firmly believes Kennedy is getting a “great footballing education” at Steel Park.

Wright added: “It’s not so much a case of reining Connor in. He is hungry and so eager to get forward and we know he is fit enough to keep doing it.

“It’s been a case of managing him and teaching him when to go. But when he does go, it’s important for the midfield two to cover him and we did that well.

“He got the attention last season, he had a few games in the first team and he had some big boys looking at him.

“Connor is a good player and a lot of teams are aware of him. I know Leicester City like him but the thing for Connor is that these under-21 development teams are full of internationals.

“I personally think Connor is getting a great footballing education and a great platform to play on.

“He’s loving his game here, he is a local lad and he is playing week in, week out. If you talk to Connor and his dad, I think they are pleased with what is happening here.”

The Steelmen are back in action on Tuesday night when they head to local rivals Kettering Town in the first round of the Red Insure Cup before they travel to Burnham in the league next weekend.