Wright sets his Steelmen a survival target

Corby Town's Anton Brown challenges Brackley Town's David Moyo during the 1-1 draw at Steel Park on Saturday. Pictures by Alison Bagley
Corby Town's Anton Brown challenges Brackley Town's David Moyo during the 1-1 draw at Steel Park on Saturday. Pictures by Alison Bagley

Tommy Wright has set his Corby Town players a points target to get them to survival in the Vanarama National League North.

The Steelmen sit second-from-bottom in the table with 18 games to play after they completed their festive programme with a 1-1 draw against Brackley Town at Steel Park on Saturday.

Action from the 1-1 draw between Corby Town and Brackley Town

Action from the 1-1 draw between Corby Town and Brackley Town

Kalern Thomas’ late goal secured a share of the spoils for Wright’s men who are a point adrift of safety ahead of next weekend’s trip to Chorley.

Wright insists he expects his team to hit the target and ensure survival but he insists they can’t afford to look too far ahead.

“We use this as a platform,” the Steelmen boss said as he reflected on Saturday’s stalemate.

“It was really important not to lose. We tried to win the game but football isn’t as easy as that.

“All we can do is go into the next game at Chorley looking for those three points.

“I have given the lads their target that I think we need to keep us in this division and I expect us to do. But we need to keep our minds focused on each individual game.”

Wright, meanwhile, believes former Leamington assistant-manager Liam O’Neill will bring “fresh ideas” with him after he was added to the coaching staff at Steel Park ahead of the weekend.

O’Neill took his place in the dugout and also put the Corby players through their warm-up ahead of the clash against Brackley.

And Wright added: “His enthusiasm will be key. He is the keenest person I have ever met. I have known him around three years now and he’s got fresh ideas.

“Me, Leechy (coach Graham Leech) and Clarkey (assistant-manager David Clarke) had a chat last week. We have changed personnel in the dressing-room and it just needed a shake-up.

“It needed a fresh voice and we gave him everything. He did the warm-up and I thought it was better than what we have been serving up.

“I am looking at everything and do everything I possibly can to try to make it click. We will keep changing it until we get it right.”