Sampson: Steelmen will benefit from Birmingham friendly

Corby boss Ian Sampson

Corby boss Ian Sampson

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Ian Sampson believes Corby Town could benefit from their final pre-season friendly against a Birmingham City XI in more ways than one.

The Steelmen boss added the clash with the Blues to his team’s schedule to give them one more outing before the Blue Square Bet North campaign kicks off with a home game against Vauxhall Motors on Saturday week.

Corby make the trip across town to Stewarts & Lloyds tomorrow night (Wednesday) and Sampson was keen to have at least one more game before the season curtain-raiser.

The main link between Corby and Birmingham is Malcolm Crosby, who is chief scout at St Andrew’s having previously been Sampson’s assistant while he was at Northampton.

And Sampson is hoping his club will reap the benefits from the friendly, which is at Steel Park on Monday (7.45pm).

“It is a good game for us to have,” he said.

“First and foremost, it is a good chance for our players to test themselves against players who will be knocking on the door of a Championship side.

“I would say it is an attractive game for the fans and the people of Corby as well.

“Birmingham are a big side and it is a good fixture for us to have so close to the new season.

“I obviously have a great relationship with Malcolm after we worked together at Northampton.

“But I have also been speaking to the reserve team manager at Birmingham in recent weeks and these contacts are useful to have.

“They will have a number of youngsters playing against us and they are players the club may be looking to get out on loan during the new season.

“That is something that could certainly benefit us so it is a good game for us to have for a number of reasons.”