Steelmen have a score to settle with Banbury

Corby Town joint-boss Tommy Wright
Corby Town joint-boss Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright has admitted Corby Town have a “score to settle” when they take on Banbury United at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).

In the first of four successive home matches against teams who are flying high in the Calor League Premier Division, the Steelmen take on the side who inflicted a first defeat on Wright and his fellow joint-manager Andrew Wilson back in September.

The 3-1 loss, which saw Corby finish with nine men, came just three days after the management duo had kicked off with a fine 3-0 success over Barwell in the FA Cup.

And Wright is keen for his team, who go into the clash on the back of three successive draws, to show they aren’t the same side that were beaten on that Tuesday night three months ago.

“I would say we have a score to settle but it’s not as strong as being about revenge,” Wright said.

“It was our first league game in charge and I don’t think they saw the true Corby Town that night. We certainly aren’t the same side we were back then.

“To be honest, I think that defeat was a good thing for us.

“We had started so well on the Saturday and we got a rude awakening and a real welcome to the Calor League at Banbury.

“It was a good thing because it ensured we didn’t get carried away too quickly.

“But things are different now and it is a big game for us. We want to start making up some ground on the teams above us and Banbury are one of those.”

The Steelmen will have midfielder Nathan Rooney in their squad after he made a surprise return to Steel Park yesterday just a month after leaving the club.

But Stuart Hendrie remains doubtful due to the groin injury that forced him to miss last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Truro City.