Training ground beckons for Steelmen’s final preparations

Femi Orenuga takes the congratulations after scoring Corby Towns goal in the 2-1 friendly defeat to a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI last weekend. Picture by David Tilley

Femi Orenuga takes the congratulations after scoring Corby Towns goal in the 2-1 friendly defeat to a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI last weekend. Picture by David Tilley

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Tommy Wright is looking forward to getting his Corby Town squad on the training pitch during their final week of preparation for the new season.

The Steelmen wrapped up their friendly schedule with a 3-3 draw at Daventry Town on Tuesday night.

Despite plenty of offers, Wright has resisted the temptation of having one final run-out this weekend ahead of the opening game of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division campaign a week on Saturday.

The Steelmen boss expects midfielder Ben Milnes (calf) and winger Femi Orenuga (hamstring) to recover from their knocks and ensure he has a full-strength squad to choose from for the curtain-raiser against Matlock Town at Steel Park.

And he is looking forward to completing pre-season without further match action.

“I have had a lot of people asking whether I wanted another game this weekend, we have had a lot of offers to go and play teams,” the Corby manager said.

“But I think we have played enough football and I really want to get them out on the training pitch to go over a few things that have come out of the friendlies we have had.

“There are certain areas that need tidying up and to have the chance to get out there and work on them with a full squad is crucial for us.

“Ben wanted to play a part on Thursday but I am holding him back.

“I want him to be 100 per cent for next weekend so he will do some work with the physio and will join in full training on Tuesday.

“The same goes for Femi really. He seems to be recovering quite well but we won’t be taking any chances.”

In midweek, Corby twice came from behind before taking the lead thanks to goals from Michael Ogilvie, Andre Johnson and Sekou Kromah, only to be denied a win by a last-gasp equaliser.

But Wright insisted the main aim of the final friendly was to get good performances out of certain players following the 2-1 home defeat to a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI last weekend.

“There were some who needed a performance because they flattered to deceive on Saturday,” he added.

“So they had challenges set and I thought they delivered.

“I was really pleased for Michael to get his goal and you want your strikers scoring so it was great to see Andre on target and Sekou got his first senior goal for the club.

“We ended up with a young side out there and we were a bit naive in the way we defended the corner, which led to their equaliser with what was the last touch of the ball.

“But the result wasn’t my main concern. The performances of certain players was key and I think I got what I wanted.”