Steelmen have to take away the fear

Corby Town have to enjoy their football again according to player-manager Tommy Wright
Corby Town have to enjoy their football again according to player-manager Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright will send his Corby Town players out to take on Alfreton Town on Saturday without putting any extra pressure on them.

The Steelmen’s situation at the bottom of the Vanarama National League North is now looking more desperate than ever after they claimed just one point during the Easter weekend double-header.

A 0-0 draw with fellow strugglers Hednesford Town was followed by a 4-1 loss at leaders Solihull Moors on Easter Monday to leave Corby seven points adrift of safety with just six games to play.

Wright insists the prospect of relegation doesn’t “scare” him, especially after he led the Steelmen to the Southern League Premier Division title last season.

But with this weekend’s match at Steel Park being followed by another home game against FC United of Manchester a week later, Wright is demanding his team give it one final go to try and do the “unthinkable”.

“The difference a win would make is massive and if we can get one and then another then maybe you could start believing,” he said.

“It’s the unthinkable but this is what I said to the boys before Monday’s game.

“Nobody thought they could win a league last year but they did it because they were fearless.

“They have to play without fear. I didn’t put any pressure on them on Monday and they played the way I have wanted them to play for a long time.

“I want the boys to give it a go and if our ‘go’ isn’t enough then we will take it on the chin.

“It’s been a hard season. We got everyone excited by the start we had (a six-match unbeaten run) but we found out that this level is a big jump from the one below.

“It’s disappointing because I genuinely believe we have a squad that is capable of performing at this level.

“But going down doesn’t scare me because I have won a title at that level and I know I am capable of assembling a squad that can come back up a lot wiser.”

Wright looks set to have some welcome selection dilemmas for this weekend.

Striker Massiah McDonald and midfielder Anton Brown will both be available again following their respective suspensions.

Frontman Callum Ball made a surprise return to the club for Monday’s defeat at Solihull and will be in the squad again.

And the Steelmen will also hope to have midfielder Jon Breeze available.

They are awaiting international clearance after he joined the club from Welsh Premier outfit Cerin Druids ahead of last Thursday’s registration deadline along with Ben O’Hanlon and Taylor McKenzie who arrived on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Notts County respectively.