A run would be nice for Corby but priorities lie elsewhere

Tommy Wright
Tommy Wright

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright insists his team entertain Redditch United in the FA Trophy thinking about nothing but a win.

However, with their league campaign going so well, an element of pragmatism may creep into their approach.

A 2-1 success over Arlesey in midweek took the Steelmen into second place in the Southern League Premier Division and extended their run of unbeaten games to seven.

Wright is keen to take that form into the knockout competition and enjoy some cup success.

But he also admits there is a bigger picture to look at.

“We do want to win on Saturday and we do want to have a run in the Trophy,” he said.

“We’ll be going into it more or less full strength and in some ways it is a nice distraction from the league.

“Also there is some decent prize money on offer.

“The fans enjoy the cup matches and hopefully they will come in numbers to watch us.

“We took about 80 to Arlesey in midweek so there is something good going on with our support.

“But we have got a couple of injury concerns and you have to look at the bigger picture.

“I don’t want to ruin our league campaign by chasing a few wins in the cup.

“Paul Malone probably has more chance of making it than Shane Byrne.

“However, I know I’ve got Edi Appleton suspended after this so I might have to wrap Paul up in cotton wool a bit.”

The Steelmen managed alright without their skipper on Tuesday night when they took the spoils from a tough Arlesey side – although their manager would have liked it to be less of a close-run thing.

He added: “It wouldn’t have been a battle if we had finished them off in the first 20 minutes.

“It got a little nervy towards the end and we had to make some tactical switches but we went for three points and came back with three points.

“I still say Arlesey are in a false position.

“They are a better side than that and they will cause a lot of teams problems this season.

“But I’m really happy with the boys.

“They keep hitting their targets and we are second in the table.

“When we get through November we will be about halfway through and the league will have a clearer look to it.

“There is a long way to go but we have to believe we can keep going and do this.”