Tommy Wright is expecting his Corby Town players to “have a real go” at some of their high-profile opponents in pre-season, starting with a Leeds United XI at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).
The club’s second game in the space of 24 hours will see the vast majority of the Steelmen first-team squad going up against a youthful team from the Sky Bet Championship club.
Boss Wright headed home the only goal of the game as a young Corby side claimed a 1-0 victory at AFC Rushden & Diamonds last night to get the double-header off to a good start.
And he is now keen to ensure his players are not overawed by the occasion this evening as further games against XIs from Leicester City on Saturday and Nottingham Forest a week on Friday follow on.
“I was sent a copy of the Leeds squad for the game and it is very much their development team,” the Steelmen manager said.
“I know they have been training alongside their first-team and certainly their goalkeeper is pushing hard for a place in their main team.
“They will be very good technical players who are earning decent money. It will be a fantastic test for our players.
“The next few games will be like this with Leicester and Nottingham Forest coming here as well.
“It will be a test for the boys in how to keep the ball because you know these sides will come and here and look to be dominant in possession.
“We will be working hard on our defensive shape when we don’t have the ball.
“But that doesn’t mean for a second that we will be sitting back. I expect us to have a real go at all of these teams and I am confident we can pick up a couple of decent results as well.”
Cleveland Taylor is set to feature having missed the opening pre-season friendly against Stewarts & Lloyds last weekend while Kalern Thomas will be fit after picking up a knock in the 3-0 success.
Former Steelmen boss Rob Dunion, meanwhile, has been announced as a special guest for tonight’s match.
Dunion, who is currently joint-manager at Harborough Town and a big Leeds fan, will watch the friendly in honour of his achievements during his time with the Steelmen, which included leading them to the Southern League Division One East title in 2006.
Chairman Stevie Noble said: “I have known Rob for years and what he achieved at Corby Town was something very special, especially as he is a Corby bloke.
“He’s a big Leeds fan too, so we thought that it would be good to invite him along to the match and show our appreciation for everything that he achieved at the club.”
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