Tommy Wright is hoping Corby Town can replicate the home form that helped them win the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division as they get ready to make their Steel Park bow for this season tonight (Wednesday).
The Steelmen suffered just three home league defeats on their way to championship in the last campaign and are unbeaten on their own pitch in competitive action since November last year,
That record will be put to the test in the Vanarama National League North this evening as Corby open their home campaign against Gloucester City after they picked up a 2-2 draw at Curzon Ashton in last weekend’s curtain-raiser.
Gloucester picked up one of the eye-catching results of the first day as they secured a 1-0 home success over FC United of Manchester.
And Wright knows they will provide the Steelmen with a big test tonight.
He said: “That’s exactly what it will be. They had a great result on Saturday.
“The first game of the season is always a bit of a trip into the unknown but we know that tonight we will be playing a side who will be well organised.
“We have had a look at them but I am more interested in what we are going to do. It’s all about what we can bring to the table.
“It’s our first home game of the season and we haven’t been beaten in a competitive match at Steel Park since November.
“Our home form was great last season and we want to replicate that. Hopefully it will mean a big crowd for us as well.
“We will take the positives from the weekend and now we have to build on them.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed captain Cleveland Taylor will go straight back into the side after he missed the first game of the season, which saw Ash Sammons score both goals for Corby, due to a pre-arranged holiday.
“I know what Cleveland brings and he will go straight back into the side,” Wright added.
“He is our captain and he has a key role in how we want to play.
“Him being back in the dressing-room and back on the pitch will give everyone a massive boost.”
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