Wright wants Steelmen ready for ‘huge’ clash with leaders

Corby Town joint-manager Tommy Wright

Corby Town joint-manager Tommy Wright

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Tommy Wright has described tomorrow’s (Saturday) home clash with Calor League Premier Division leaders Hemel Hempstead Town as “huge”.

The demise of Hinckley United earlier this season meant the Steelmen were without a game on Boxing Day while the rest of their rivals were in action.

Hemel opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table thanks to a 5-3 home win over Banbury United, the side Corby beat 4-2 in their last outing.

With another Steel Park clash with Cambridge City, who are currently sitting in second, to come on New Year’s Day, it is shaping up to be an interesting few days for the Steelmen.

And joint-manager Wright is keen for his team to show they can mix it with the best in the division as they look to finish 2013 on a high.

“It is a huge game for us tomorrow, we really want to finish the year on a good note and give our fans something to look forward to in 2014,” Wright said.

“We have a good record at home but I am also aware that Hemel have been very impressive on the road and that is one of the reasons why they are at the top of the table.

“It is going to be a really difficult game. They have scored a lot of goals and they deserve to be where they are. They have been consistent and that has been one of our biggest problems.

“But me and Stan (fellow joint-boss Andrew Wilson) believe we are capable of being as good as any other team in the division and we believe we can have a good second half of the season.

“But it’s one thing thinking that and saying it. It’s up to us to go and show that it’s true.”

The Steelmen are set to come up against two of their former strikers with Ben Mackey, who has 18 league goals to his name this season, and Tom Berwick, who joined Hemel from Corby just a few weeks ago, set to be included in the leaders’ squad.