Wright facing up to Steelmen’s away-day blues

Tom Berwick was on target for Corby Town but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Daventry Town in the FA Carlsberg Trophy
Tom Berwick was on target for Corby Town but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Daventry Town in the FA Carlsberg Trophy

Tommy Wright believes he and fellow manager Andrew Wilson have a big job on their hands to turn Corby Town’s away form around.

While the Steelmen can currently boast a record of seven wins in a row at Steel Park, their problems on the road continued at the weekend as they went down 2-1 at lower-ranked Daventry Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Carlsberg Trophy.

It means they are still waiting for a first success on the road in any competition this season with their next opportunity being the big FA Cup fourth qualifying round clash at Skrill North side Colwyn Bay on Saturday.

Before then, they will have the chance to make it eight successive wins on their own pitch when they return to Calor League Premier Division action against Biggleswade Town on Wednesday night.

But the defeat to Calor League Division One Central leaders Daventry left Wright feeling deflated and he knows the issues on the road need to be addressed as soon as possible.

“We started pretty well and we got in front with Tom Berwick’s goal,” the joint-manager, who played in the game, said.

“I have missed a sitter to make it 2-0 and we had other chances as well but we can’t sit here and say that Daventry didn’t have opportunities as well because they did.

“The way we play our football is great for the neutral but it is a manager’s nightmare. I think we are the sort of side that will always score goals but we have to make things tighter at the back.

“Maybe we have to look at the way we are playing at home and the way we are playing away and find a way of changing it.

“And it is up to myself and Stan (Wilson) to look at ourselves and come up with the right tactics to make sure it happens.

“We are winning games at home but we can’t break that duck on the road and we must find a way of sorting that out.

“The most disappointing thing is that this game has cost us our place in the FA Trophy.

“I have won the competition in the past and it is always an opportunity for clubs at our level to get to Wembley, which is something a lot of players never experience. It is very disappointing to be out so early.”