Steelmen’s first-team to feature ahead of enforced break

Shane Byrne is struggling with a hamstring injury and will aim to be fit for Corby Town's home clash with Slough Town next Wednesday

Shane Byrne is struggling with a hamstring injury and will aim to be fit for Corby Town's home clash with Slough Town next Wednesday

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Corby Town boss Tommy Wright is set to give the majority of his first-team squad another run-out in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup first-round clash at Kettering Town tonight (Tuesday).

The Steelmen had been aiming to re-arrange a Southern League Premier Division match for this weekend following their early exit from this season’s FA Cup.

But, with that now looking unlikely, Wright will aim to “keep up some momentum” by getting more minutes into his players at Latimer Park this evening.

The Steelmen moved up to fourth after a fine 4-1 victory over Paulton Rovers at Steel Park on Saturday.

And while the Poppies look set to be under-strength with an FA Cup clash to think about in a few days, Wright confirmed there will be just “two or three changes” to his team, who won’t return to action until next Wednesday when they host Slough Town.

“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t get a game sorted for the weekend because it would have been good to keep the momentum going after the win on Saturday,” the Corby boss said.

“We are fourth in the league and I really can’t grumble at the start we have made.

“So the majority of the lads will play at Kettering, it will be good to keep them together and get them a run out because it will be another week before we play again.

“With myself, Shane (Byrne) and Edi (Appleton) still out it means the options are limited anyway.

“If you believe what you hear then Kettering will have a weakened side out and, to be honest, if we had an FA Cup or league game coming up on Saturday then I would probably do the same.

“Everyone knows my thoughts that I wanted to have a run in the FA Cup and the FA Trophy but my priority is the league and that has never changed.

“But we want to keep up some momentum so we will give the lads another run out.

“There are one or two that could do with being wrapped up in cotton wool but I imagine there will be two or three changes and no more than that.”

Wright, meanwhile, believes the enforced break from league action will be good for midfielder Byrne as he looks to recover from a hamstring problem.

Defender Appleton should be fit for next Wednesday’s clash with Slough after he was rested at the weekend due to a slight Achilles problem but the manager himself is facing at least a fortnight on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Wright added: “The break will certainly be good for Shane and it will give him more chance of being fit for the game against Slough next week.

“Edi was rested at the weekend but he is chomping at the bit to get back into it.

“However, he must be honest with himself and me because I really can’t afford to lose him for a long period of time.”