Steelmen youngsters will get more chances to shine

Sam Donkin saves from Kettering's Niall Duffy after he made his debut for Corby Town in the Red Insure Cup clash on Tuesday
Sam Donkin saves from Kettering's Niall Duffy after he made his debut for Corby Town in the Red Insure Cup clash on Tuesday

Tommy Wright insists he will give Corby Town’s youngsters further chances to shine in the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup this season.

The Steelmen made a number of changes to their starting line-up for Tuesday’s first-round clash at local rivals Kettering Town.

Harry May’s first goal for the club sealed a 1-0 success late on at Latimer Park as a number of players staked their claim for further involvement in the first team at Steel Park.

And Wright insists they will get an opportunity to impress once again as the competition continues.

“We will field more or less the same sort of team in the competition,” the Steelmen boss said.

“That would be the substitutes from the Saturday before and then we have got these young lads.

“It’s great for them, it’s almost like having a reserve league.

“The competition is great because it keeps the first team lads that play on a Saturday on their toes because it’s an opportunity for the lads who haven’t played to come in and impress us.”

Young goalkeeper Sam Donkin made his debut for Corby in midweek and assistant-manager David Clarke, who is also the goalkeeper coach for the Steelmen, was delighted with how his “project” performed in his first appearance.

Clarke has been on the bench for Corby’s recent matches just in case anything should happen to first-choice stopper Paul Walker.

But he believes Donkin would have no problems should he be thrown into the first-team equation on a regular basis.

“Sam did really well and he got a clean sheet, which is always good for a debut,” Clarke said.

“He is coming on really well. He was a bit of a project for me when he came in.

“Sam is really on Paul’s heels. He has done well in training, his technique and kicking are coming along and he is a great prospect for the club.

“He has definitely shown what he is capable of and we would have no qualms about chucking him in for a league game.

“He showed that the other night, he did everything we needed him to do. It is definitely an option for the future.”

The fourth-placed Steelmen are currently preparing to resume their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign when they travel to Burnham on Saturday.