Wolves friendly a worthwhile exercise for Steelmen

Corby Town manager Tommy Wright
Corby Town manager Tommy Wright

Tommy Wright believes last night’s (Wednesday) friendly with a Wolverhampton Wanderers XI has set Corby Town up nicely for their return to Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division action this weekend.

The Steelmen drew 1-1 with a young Wolves side at Steel Park but, more importantly, got some much-needed match action after playing just once over the past two weeks.

Second-placed Corby make the long trip to Dorchester Town on Saturday as they continue their pursuit of leaders Poole Town.

And Wright insists the midweek friendly was more valuable to him and the squad rather than a training sessions.

“It was definitely worth doing and I think we got a lot more out of it than just having a training session,” the Steelmen boss said.

“It was good for the likes of Paul Walker and Spencer Weir-Daley who have had a week off as they didn’t play against Desborough in the Hillier Cup.

“As a player, I always preferred playing rather than training.

“It was a decent team performance and there were some very good individual displays as well.

“Hopefully we can take what we did into a big game on Saturday. It was a decent team.”

Wright, meanwhile, is ready to give young full-back Elliott Bentley his first start in the league at Dorchester.

Bentley is set to feature at left-back with Kalern Thomas ruled out with a knee injury.

“It looks to be 100 per cent that Elliott will start at the weekend,” he added.

“I had total faith in him for last night and he come up against a really sharp winger and barely put a foot wrong.

“I think he has got better with every appearance he has made in the first team and he is one of those players who looks more impressive against a higher standard of opponent.”