Tommy Wright has backed young goalkeeper Josh Carpenter to seize his chance when it arrives after he played a key cameo role in Corby Town’s 2-0 success at Hitchin Town on Saturday.
Second-half goals from Aman Verma and Chris Carruthers set the Steelmen on their way to a second successive away win in the Calor League Premier Division.
But they had to see the game out with 10 men when goalkeeper Paul Walker was sent off for handling outside the penalty area. It meant the first league action for Carpenter after he joined from Harborough Town earlier this season as he replaced Nathan Rooney in the enforced reshuffle.
Carpenter is now in line for his first league start when Walker serves his one-match ban on February 8 when the Steelmen are due to travel to Chippenham Town.
And Wright had praise for both goalkeepers after a tough finish at Top Field on Saturday.
“It was disappointing for Paul and we will miss him when he is suspended,” joint-boss Wright said.
“Josh came on and did really well, he made one very good save from distance which was great for him and for us.
“Josh knows the situation. Paul is a very good goalkeeper and is very much the number one here.
“Josh is a young lad who works very closely with Paul and that can only be a good thing for him.
“He got some minutes on the pitch on Saturday and he will get another opportunity in a couple of weeks when Paul has to sit out for a game.
“It will be up to Josh to take that chance when it comes. We know he has the ability.”
The Steelmen will be looking to make it three away wins in a row when they make the trip to Hungerford Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.