Tommy Wright wants his Corby Town players to “blow the cobwebs away” when they take on a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI in a friendly at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).
The Steelmen boss arranged the match ahead to give his squad a run-out ahead of Saturday’s trip to Dorchester Town in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
Corby had been due to play Arlesey Town in the second round of the Red Insure Cup this evening but that game has now been switched to next Wednesday after Arlesey were involved in an FA Trophy replay last night.
The Steelmen have played just twice in the past couple of weeks with their last action being the 2-1 victory over Desborough Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
And Wright insists he wanted his team to have some match action before they resume their league campaign with a long trip south at the weekend.
“I just want the lads to blow the cobwebs away because I think they may be a bit rusty,” the Corby boss said.
“And I would rather that happen in a friendly than when there are league points at stake.
“If we were going to get a friendly organised then I wanted it to be a good one and I think this is a game the lads want to play in and hopefully it will attract a few fans as well.
“We put the lads through a tough session at the end of last week and again on Monday. They looked sharp after a weekend off.
“So we need to build on that in a match situation and make sure everyone is up to speed before Saturday.”
Kalern Thomas will be the only definite absentee from the Steelmen squad with Wright expecting him to be out for a further “two to three weeks” with a knee injury.
Elliott Chamberlain has also been struggling with illness but should be fit for the weekend, even if he doesn’t feature tonight.