Steelmen’s young guns repay Wright’s faith

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright was delighted with the club's youngsters as they beat Royston Town to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Red Insure Cup
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright was delighted with the club's youngsters as they beat Royston Town to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Red Insure Cup

Tommy Wright felt Corby Town’s young guns “repaid the faith” he has shown in them by booking the club’s place in the quarter-finals of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup.

The Steelmen boss chose to field a youthful line-up for last night’s (Tuesday) third-round clash at Division One Central outfit Royston Town with his main focus being on Saturday’s showdown with Premier Division leaders Poole Town at Steel Park.

But, with eight of the starting 11 being part of the Tresham academy which Wright helps coach, the youngsters delivered as Connor Goddard’s first goal for the club sealed a 1-0 victory.

Connor Kennedy was the only first-team regular to start the game while Wright named himself on the bench.

And the Steelmen boss said: “I was very pleased, they did the club proud.

“There were times on Tuesday afternoon when I wondered whether I had gone a bit overboard and a bit too young with the team selection.

“But I work with them every day and I rate them. Some of them had already featured in previous rounds so I had full faith in them.

“And, after 10 minutes, I could see that they would be alright. They knocked the ball around well and did unbelievably well.

“I was taking a bit of a risk but everyone knows how important Saturday’s game is to us.

“But I challenged these boys before the game and they repaid the faith I have shown in them.

Wright, meanwhile, insists he is happy that the Steelmen have made it through to the latter stages of both the Red Insure Cup and the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.

However, he insists team selection for those competitions will continue to depend on how the next stages fall within the league campaign, which remains the priority.

“We have reached the quarter-finals of the league cup and the semi-finals of the county cup so I am happy with that,” he added.

“We will see what the draw gives us when it is made some time in January and we will see how it all fits into the league schedule.”

Don’t miss all the build-up to the Steelmen’s clash with Poole Town in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph