Steelmen boss Wright hopes to feature in final game

Tommy Wright watches on from the sidelines during Corby Town's 3-1 defeat to Arlesey Town on Saturday. The Steelmen play their penultimate game of the season at Cambridge City today (Monday)
Tommy Wright watches on from the sidelines during Corby Town's 3-1 defeat to Arlesey Town on Saturday. The Steelmen play their penultimate game of the season at Cambridge City today (Monday)

Tommy Wright is hopeful of being involved in Corby Town’s final game of the Calor League Premier Division next weekend.

The Steelmen joint-boss missed Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat to Arlesey Town due to a calf injury and has confirmed he won’t play in today’s (Monday) bank holiday trip to play-off chasing Cambridge City (3pm).

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

But Wright will give himself every chance to get fit for Saturday’s clash with relegated Bedford Town when the curtain will come down on what has proved to be a tough season for the Steelmen.

There does, however, appear to be hope for the future after it was revealed that chairman Kevin Ingram has agreed a deal to sell the majority shareholding of the club to a consortium of local businessmen.

But, for the time being, Wright is focused on making sure he and fellow boss Andrew Wilson can field a squad to see out the remaining two games of the campaign.

He said: “I won’t play today but I am hoping I will be involved on Saturday.

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

“I spoke to the physio and the worst case scenario is that I completely pull it and that will put me out for six weeks.

“I will have to see how I feel later in the week but I may need to be involved simply because of the lack of numbers.

“There are two or three who picked up dead legs on Saturday but hopefully they can shake those off and we will have a similar squad.”

One player who definitely won’t feature is 16-year-old full-back Connor Kennedy after it was revealed he suffered ligament damage in his ankle during last Wednesday’s 3-2 home defeat to Redditch United.

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Corby Town v Arlesey Town (MNT1 PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER)

Kennedy has been one of the shining lights in some dark times for the Steelmen recently and Wright is certain the youngster has a bright future ahead of him.

He added: “Connor has got ligament damage. He went for his X-ray as a precaution.

“He won’t play again this season but he is young and he has been great recently. He has to take that forward now.

“He will get the plaudits because of his age and there will be a lot of attention on him. He has got a bright future in front of him.”

Paul Walker is set to return in goal this afternoon after youngster Josh Carpenter played in goal against Arlesey and Wright confirmed the second-choice stopper will get another chance next weekend.

“Josh has been here week in and week out as an understudy to Paul, who I think is the best goalkeeper at this level,” the Corby joint-manager said.

“He has been patient and we decided to give him a game and he will definitely play next Saturday.”