Wright hopeful it will be the same again for Steelmen

Claudiu Hoban played a key role in Wednesday's win over AFC Totton after making a surprise return to Corby Town
Claudiu Hoban played a key role in Wednesday's win over AFC Totton after making a surprise return to Corby Town
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Tommy Wright is hopeful Corby Town will be able to field a similar squad as the one that beat AFC Totton on Wednesday night when they take on Hungerford Town at Steel Park on Saturday.

The Steelmen received some welcome boosts for a quick return fixture against the Calor League Premier Division strugglers as experienced pair Gareth Jelleyman and Chris Carruthers returned after money owed to the players following recent cashflow problems was paid up earlier in the week.

And there was a further surprise as Claudiu Hoban returned to play in the match as he remains dual registered with the Steelmen despite a recent move to Skrill Premier side Tamworth.

Hoban made an instant impact by opening the scoring after just three minutes before two goals in as many second-half minutes from Greg Mills and Sam Ives ensured Corby went on to win 3-1 as they avenged the 2-1 defeat to the same opponents last weekend.

Now joint-boss Wright, who again played at centre-half, is hoping all with remain in place for Saturday as Corby look to put a tough few weeks firmly behind them.

“We are hopeful that everyone will be here and ready to play again,” Wright said.

“We are expecting everything to be taken care of so that we can have the boys out there again on Saturday.

“There are two tough tests coming up against Hungerford and Cambridge City (next Wednesday). We still believe we are a decent team and we will be confident.

“We needed that result. Everyone knows what has happened in the last three weeks, it has been frustrating but we have finally got the group we had before back, barring a few so it’s pleasing that we were able to name the sort of squad we did.

“We felt stronger, the bench looked stronger and we have been missing key players like Gareth Jelleyman and Chris Carruthers.

“We found out on Tuesday that Claudiu would play and that was a massive boost to have him back.

“The only thing we would have changed was keeping a clean sheet.”

Wright had further praise for Hoban and his contribution, although he admitted the player’s future availability for the Steelmen lies firmly in the hands of Tamworth.

Wright added: “Claudiu brings us that positivity. He runs at people, he makes things happen and he frustrates the players around him sometimes.

“He is what he is and if you changed him he would not be the player he is. You need players like him and he has that belief in his own ability.

“He did us a favour, he was an unused substitute for Tamworth on Tuesday and Stan (fellow joint-boss Andrew Wilson) contacted him.

“He is dual registered with us and I spoke to the Tamworth manager and he is happy enough for him to play when he doesn’t need him.

“It probably doesn’t help our cause that he has played and scored because Tamworth are at the wrong end of their table and they are struggling for goals, which is why they took a punt on him.

“I am sure Claudiu wants his chance at Tamworth and we are right behind him in that.”