First long trip brings a big mental test for Corby

Tommy Wright believes his Corby Town players face a 'mental test' when they make the long trip to Whitby Town this weekend
Tommy Wright believes his Corby Town players face a 'mental test' when they make the long trip to Whitby Town this weekend

Corby Town face the first of many long trips this weekend as they prepare to head to Whitby Town.

The Steelmen go to the north-east coast on the back of two successive draws in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.

They opened the season with a 0-0 stalemate with Matlock Town at Steel Park last weekend before drawing 1-1 at Halesowen Town on Tuesday night with Callum Ball grabbing their first goal of the campaign.

But now the Steelmen squad are preparing to hit the road again before returning home to take on Stafford Rangers at Steel Park next Wednesday night.

And boss Tommy Wright believes his players will have to answer a couple of questions if they are to pass the mental examination in front of them at the weekend.

The Corby manager joked: “I am looking forward to the fish and chips!

“But, in all serious, it is going to be a test for us in a number of ways.

“It was similar on Tuesday night. I saw that as the first real test for the squad.

“It was their first midweek away trip as a group and you have to deal with that mentally as well as physically.

“It is going to be the same on Saturday.

“It is the first of a number of long trips. Can we deal with the travelling? Can we deal with the early start? These are questions the boys will need to answer.

“It won’t be easy. Whitby didn’t play in midweek (due to Ilkeston’s ongoing suspension from the league) so they will be fresh.

“But we go there looking for our first win of the season and if we can get it, then all of a sudden, our record will look pretty good.”

Frontman Femi Orenuga remains the Steelmen’s only fitness doubt ahead of the weekend.

The summer signing, who looked impressive during pre-season, has missed the first two games of the season due to a hamstring problem.

But Wright is hoping Orenuga will prove his fitness ahead of the weekend after he took part in the warm-up on Tuesday night.

“Femi took full part in the warm-up on Tuesday, which was good to see,” Wright added.

“He was due to train last night (Thursday) and if he has come through that then I think he will be available for the weekend.

“The good thing from my point of view is that he is telling me he is okay. That’s not something he was doing last week.

“So we will get him through a full session and see how he is after that.”