First checkpoint arrives as Steelmen head to Warrington

Tommy Wright's Corby Town reach the 10-game mark this season when they head to Warrington Town tomorrow
Tommy Wright's Corby Town reach the 10-game mark this season when they head to Warrington Town tomorrow

Corby Town hit the 10-game mark in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division when they head to Warrington Town tomorrow (Saturday).

It’s the point where boss Tommy Wright believes the league table begins to “settle down”.

For the Steelmen, it has been a tough start to life at a lower level following their relegation from the National League North.

They sit in the bottom four heading into this weekend after they were beaten 1-0 for the fifth time this season – this time at leaders Buxton on Tuesday night.

That setback came after an encouraging week that culminated in a first win of the league season as Jordon Crawford’s stoppage-time goal secured a dramatic 4-3 success over high-flying Blyth Spartans at Steel Park.

Wright is remaining upbeat after the midweek loss and he firmly believes his team’s ability to “stay in games” could prove particularly useful this weekend.

“To be honest, we have had a tough month,” the Steelmen boss said.

“We have lost four matches this season and three of those have been to teams who are right up there and then we have had the very disappointing defeat at Skelmersdale.

“I said the table will take shape after 10 games and the truth is we haven’t turned some of our draws into wins.

“The good thing is that we are staying in games and we aren’t being blown away like we were every week last season.

“We want to get to 10 points this weekend. Obviously we’d like to be on 20 but you can only go as big as you can be and we will aim to get a win this weekend to push us on.

“It’s going to be another tough game but we have to make sure we stay in the game.

“Warrington got hurt by two late goals in midweek (as they lost 3-2 to Nantwich Town) and that is something for us to focus on.”

Wright, meanwhile, is facing a rethink on how he sets his team up after switching to a 4-4-2 formation on Tuesday in a bid to get Callum Ball, who returned from a three-match ban, and the in-form Crawford playing together in attack.

It didn’t have the desired effect and Wright added: “We changed the shape in a bid to get Callum and Jordon playing together.

“Whenever you change the shape, the hope is that the players pick up on it quickly.

“But it didn’t really work for us, we didn’t get hold of the ball in midfield.

“It’s something we will look at again ahead of the weekend.”