Steelmen’s start convinces Wright they can challenge for play-offs

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright believes his team can challenge for the play-offs
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright believes his team can challenge for the play-offs

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright says the way the Steelmen have started the season in Vanarama National League North has convinced him they can challenge for the play-offs.

The 3-3 draw at Hednesford Town on Tuesday night – secured by Kabongo Tshimanga’s hat-trick in the space of just eight second-half minutes – means the Steelmen welcome Bradford Park Avenue to Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday) unbeaten in their first four games this season.

“We have to be pleased with the start we have made,” said Wright.

“The players in this division are bigger and better and so are the crowds and we’ve shown in the opening four games that we can hold our own at this level.

“Now it’s up to us to kick on and build on the good start we have made.

“The play-offs is definitely a realistic aim and if we can put a run together, we can get there.”

Keeping Tshimanga at Steel Park beyond his current loan spell would be a big boost to the Steelmen’s play-off ambitions.

The Cameroon-born teenager has now netted four times in three games since joining on a month’s loan from Championship side MK Dons and Wright said: “Kabongo is doing what I thought he would do.

“He had a quiet game last Saturday (against Chorley) when we gave him the wrong supply and he showed at Hedsnesford what he can do when we get the right supply to him.

“His goal-scoring record shows that when he gets a chance, he puts it away.

“He’s raw, he’s quick and he’s got great potential. If he scores here, it will give him confidence to force his way into the first team at Milton Keynes.”