Tommy Wright is backing Corby Town’s youngsters to play a key role in their bid to stay in the Vanarama National League North.
The Steelmen head to Stalybridge Celtic tonight (Tuesday) as they look to hit back following the 2-0 defeat at Boston United on Saturday, which sent them back into the bottom three.
After the game, boss Wright revealed the club’s playing budget had been “reined back in” and that has resulted in Wilson Carvalho and Herve Pepe-N’Goma leaving Steel Park while goalkeeper Paul Walker is also set to depart.
Wright handed starts to youngsters Danny Draper and Kurtis Revan at the weekend while Connor Kennedy has returned from a loan spell at Daventry Town.
And the Steelmen manager insists he is excited by the challenge of trying to keep the club in the division with the aid of some younger players.
“It’s going to be another tough game and it’s a long trip on a Tuesday night,” the Steelmen boss said.
“The lads put in a massive shift in for me on Saturday and I expect the same again from them.
“If they continue to put that same effort in then I think we will turn it around and give ourselves a chance.
“The remit for me now is to keep the club in the division and there will be opportunities for some of the academy boys, which is a good thing from my point of view.
“The likes of Danny Draper are going to be getting regular football and I hope that’s something the fans can get behind. It will be good to see another one of their own playing in the National League North.
“We have brought Connor Kennedy back from Daventry and he will go straight into the squad.
“I have a core of players who have to step up and lead by example and, although it will be tough, I am excited by the challenge in front of us.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed midfielder Anton Brown is facing a further “three or four weeks” on the sidelines as he continues to recover from a dislocated wrist he suffered at the end of August.
“Anton is probably going to be another three or four weeks,” he added.
“It’s a bad one but he isn’t the sort of guy to make a meal of things. We have got to make sure we get it right before we bring him back into it.”
Spencer Weir-Daley remains sidelined with a hip injury while Ben Milnes will have a calf problem assessed ahead of tonight’s game.