Tommy Wright is set to field a “strong side” as Corby Town aim to book a place in the final of this season’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup this evening (Tuesday).
The Steelmen make the trip to ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star as they do battle for the right to take on either Brackley Town or Cogenhoe United in the final at Sixfields later in the season.
Corby head into the clash on the back of a 1-0 defeat at Paulton Rovers on Saturday, which brought an end to a 10-match unbeaten run and dented their Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title hopes.
The Steelmen are set to be without Ben Milnes, Cleveland Taylor and Paul Malone who are all carrying knocks from the weekend while Edi Appleton is suspended.
But the vast majority of the remainder of the first-team squad are likely to be in action along with some of the club’s youngsters who have already helped Corby get to this stage of the competition.
“We will be strong, it’s a cup semi-final and the lads want to play and try to get us through,” boss Wright said.
“The young players have been great for us when they called upon and the likes of Sam Donkin, Elliott Bentley and Curtis Hartley will all be involved again. But they will have the first-team boys around them.
“We got beaten at the weekend so there are a few things we want to work on to ensure we are ready for the next league game on Saturday.
“There are a few knocks so we won’t risk anyone but it will be a strong side.”
Wright is particularly keen to see his frontmen step up this evening after they were unable to muster up a goal on Saturday.
He added: “We let ourselves down in front of goal more than anything at Paulton and I want to give Spencer (Weir-Daley), Elliott (Chamberlain) and Greg (Mills) the chance to go and put it right.
“For Spencer in particular, he needs a goal to get that confidence back and him scoring this evening is as important as getting the right result.”
Brackley and Cogenhoe will contest the other semi-final next Tuesday.