Steelmen will be strong for clash with Ar Tarn

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright is set to field a strong line-up, including himself, in the NFA Hillier Cup quarter-final with Desborough Town at Steel Park
Corby Town boss Tommy Wright is set to field a strong line-up, including himself, in the NFA Hillier Cup quarter-final with Desborough Town at Steel Park
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Tommy Wright is set to unleash a strong Corby Town team in tonight’s (Wednesday) NFA Hillier Senior Cup quarter-final against Desborough Town at Steel Park.

The Steelmen, who sit in second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division, are without a game at the weekend following their early exit from the FA Trophy.

And, with their next game after tonight not being until they take on Arlesey Town in the Red Insure Cup next Wednesday, Wright is keen to keep his first-team players in the thick of the action.

The manager and midfielder Shane Byrne are both set to start tonight after making their respective returns from injury as substitutes in last Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chesham United.

And skipper Paul Malone is also set to feature again after he completed 90 minutes at the weekend following four weeks out with a back problem.

But, despite them being at full-strength with the exception of the suspended Edi Appleton, Wright is expecting a tough test from Ian Walker’s Ar Tarn, who claimed a 4-3 success at Oadby Town in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division last Friday.

“It will be a strong side,” Wright said.

“There are players who need a game and we want to keep everyone fresh. And there will obviously be a chance for a couple of the young lads again.

“It’s important for myself, Shane and Paul to have another run-out, it will do us good.

“I want us to do well in the competition and, with the squad that will be available, I would expect us to win.

“But we know Desborough will come and make life hard for us. They had a great result in the league on Friday so they will be full of confidence.

“I am sure they will be up for it in a nice stadium and on a good pitch. We certainly don’t think it will be easy for us.”