Steelmen’s spirits high as they prepare for Harrogate

Tommy Wright is hoping Tuesday's win at Stalybridge Celtic has restored belief in the Corby Town fans
Tommy Wright is hoping Tuesday's win at Stalybridge Celtic has restored belief in the Corby Town fans

Tommy Wright feels the winds of change at Corby Town have helped bring his squad closer together.

The Steelmen head into tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash with fifth-placed Harrogate Town on the back of a fine 3-2 success at Stalybridge Celtic on Tuesday night – their first away win of the Vanarama National League North campaign.

Greg Mills’ hat-trick sealed a second win in three matches and the victory came just days after Wright had revealed the club’s playing budget had been “reined back in”.

Both Wilson Carvalho and Herve Pepe-N’Goma left Corby as a result of that while Connor Kennedy was recalled from a loan spell at Daventry Town and, along with fellow youngsters Danny Draper and Luke Aridegbe, played a starring role in Tuesday’s win.

But Wright thinks the events of this week have had a positive effect and he is hoping Tuesday’s win has restored belief.

“With everything that has happened, the lads seem closer knit,” the Steelmen boss said.

“The changes had to be made but it has resulted in the team spirit being a lot better.

“They are in and around each other, the dressing-room is buzzing and the coach is buzzing for away games.

“When things happen, you have to regroup and there seems to be a real feel-good factor about the place again.

“It is going to be a good test on Saturday but the result on Tuesday night will have given the boys a massive boost.

“And I think it will give the fans and everyone else that bit of belief that has been missing.

“I am not sure many have believed me when I have said we will be okay this season and results like that can only help.”

Wright expects both Ben Milnes and Ben O’Hanlon to be fit for the clash after they missed the midweek success.

But defender Clayton McDonald will have his ankle assessed ahead of the weekend after being withdrawn after half-an-hour at Bower Fold.