Play-offs are not enough for Steelmen boss Wright

Tommy Wright remains focused on a title challenge for Corby Town
Tommy Wright remains focused on a title challenge for Corby Town

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright insists he doesn’t want to settle for just a play-off place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

They are back at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday) for another crucial clash as they bid to stay firmly in the hunt for the title.

The Steelmen take Hungerford Town, who sit in fifth spot, and Wright is certain his players can still have a huge say in where the title ends up this season.

And, after leaders Weymouth were beaten 4-2 by Paulton Rovers in midweek, Wright believes there is everything to play for.

He said: “If the boys hit the points target I have set them then they will go very, very close to winning the title. I have no doubt about that.

“I don’t want to settle for just achieving a play-off place. I have stood by the players time and again and continued to tell everyone how good they are.

“The teams above us have games in hand but we have to play Weymouth twice, we have to play Poole again and they have to play each other twice.

“I am very comfortable with the position we are in and it is a testament to how well the boys have done for us.

“They would have seen Weymouth’s result on Tuesday and that would have given them a lift, it shows they aren’t unbeatable.

“These results will keep happening and what we have to do is focus on our job.

“We have two huge games coming up in the space of three days and we have to make sure we are ready for them.”

Meanwhile, the fall-out continues from last weekend’s abandoned game in Cornwall where Corby led 2-1 at Truro City before the floodlights failed with just four minutes remaining.

Wright has been outspoken in his views that Corby should be awarded the three points while Truro claim the match should be replayed in full.

But the Steelmen boss is certain the controversy won’t have an effect on his players.

“It could distract the boys, of course,” he added.

“If I didn’t know the group as well I do then maybe I would be worried.

“But we have a tight-knit bunch who believe in what we are trying to do.”

The decision on what happens with the abandoned clash now rests with the Southern League board, who are set to discuss the issue on January 29.

Corby’s only main injury concern for this weekend is midfielder Ben Milnes, who suffered a hamstring problem last weekend.