Huge game a ‘great opportunity’ for Steelmen

Tommy Wright and his Corby Town players face a big test tonight as they take on third-placed Redditch United at Steel Park
Tommy Wright and his Corby Town players face a big test tonight as they take on third-placed Redditch United at Steel Park

Tommy Wright believes Corby Town’s showdown with Redditch United at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday) represents a “great opportunity” for his team to bounce back from their recent setbacks.

The Steelmen dropped to third place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division last night after Cirencester Town claimed a 2-1 win at Slough Town while Corby suffered a shock 2-1 home defeat to Bideford at the weekend, which was their second league defeat in a row.

Fourth-placed Redditch, who are just one point behind Wright’s side ahead of one of the biggest games so far this season, have already won at Steel Park this season when they claimed a 1-0 success in the FA Trophy at the start of last month.

But the Steelmen boss is hoping his players can hit back in style to get what could prove to be a crucial month off to a good start.

“It’s a big game and, off the back of the form we have been in, it is a great opportunity to kick-start a crucial month for us,” he said.

“Everyone will know by now how disappointed I was with the performance at the weekend.

“But it would be great to turn it around against a good side and that’s what we want to do.

“The beauty of football is that you always get another opportunity to go and put things right.

“You are only as good as your last game but there is always another one waiting for you.

“The boys were in for a bit of a team meeting on Monday. We had a look at where things went wrong from Saturday and we had a look at the DVD from the FA Trophy game against Redditch just to refresh their memories.

“I have got everything off my chest in terms of how disappointed I was on Saturday.

“Now we have to be ready for a huge game because we would really like to open up a gap between us and them if we can.”

Wright believes Saturday’s setback has given him the licence to make changes to his starting line-up.

He is unlikely to risk full-back Kalern Thomas for the clash as he closes in on a return from a knee injury.

And Wright is also likely to resist the temptation to throw himself into the firing line.

“I’d like to think I built a team that is strong enough for me not to have to play,” the manager, who came off the bench at the weekend, added.

“The question is, am I a better option than what we have? And that is a question I have thrown at the boys. I would prefer it if they make that decision easier for me. I am probably not quite fit enough to start anyway.

“I like to think I am a loyal manager and we certainly haven’t chopped and changed our squad as much as other clubs so far this season.

“I don’t want to do anything drastic and it is likely to be the same group for the game tonight.

“But if players who I believe can improve the squad become available then we will look at it.

“However, until that point comes, I am not going to make an rash decisions.”

Find more reaction to the Steelmen’s new lease agreement with Corby Borough Council in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph