“It could have been better, it could have been worse”.
That was the verdict from Corby Town joint-manager Tommy Wright after his team were handed a trip to Skrill North side Colwyn Bay in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Steelmen will travel to north Wales on Saturday, October 26 with a place alongside the Sky Bet League One and League Two clubs in the the first round proper, as well as £12,500 in prize money, on the line.
And while Wright knows most of a Corby persuasion would have preferred a home tie after seven wins in a row at Steel Park, the latest being the FA Cup success over Trafford at the weekend, he insists the draw could have been a lot worse.
“It is going to be a tough test for us because we are away from home,” Wright said.
“But they aren’t going particularly well in their own league so far this season so there is an opportunity for us.
“They beat Harrogate Town in one of the earlier rounds and they are my former club so I should be able to get plenty of information on them before we go there.
“I am sure the majority of people would have preferred a home draw. But could have been drawn away to one of the top Conference clubs.
“It is one of those draws that could have been better and it could have been worse.
“It is another game of football that we will try to go and win. But we have to make sure stay focused on the games we have in front of us before that day.”
The Steelmen head to Calor League Division One Central leaders and county neighbours Daventry Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy this weekend before a home clash with Biggleswade Town in the Calor League Premier Division follows on next Wednesday night.
Corby, meanwhile, have re-arranged two fixtures in their calendar.
The NFA Hillier Senior Cup clash with Sileby Rangers will now be played at Steel Park on Wednesday, November 13 and the home league game with AFC Totton, which was originally scheduled for last weekend, will now be played on Wednesday, November 20. Both games will kick off at 7.45pm.