Wright: Corby’s cup final with Poole is mouthwatering

Tommy Wright's Corby Town side will take on promotion rivals Poole Town over two legs in the Red Insure Cup final
Tommy Wright's Corby Town side will take on promotion rivals Poole Town over two legs in the Red Insure Cup final

Tommy Wright has described the prospect of Corby Town’s Red Insure Cup final with Poole Town as “mouthwatering”.

The top two in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division will collide in a two-legged final after the Steelmen edged out Division One South & West side North Leigh 1-0 in last night’s (Wednesday) semi-final at Steel Park.

Corby will have home advantage in the first leg next Wednesday with the second match being in Poole two weeks later on March 31.

Manager Wright had already spoken of his desire to get through and use the cup final as an opportunity to try to derail the league leaders, who are two points clear of the Steelmen with three games in hand in the race for automatic promotion.

But he does believe the way the two-legged nature of the final is something that should be changed in the future.

After watching his team advance last night, Wright said: “It was all about getting through to the final and now it’s a night for the fans.

“The players and the staff have given something back to the board and now we have to go and do it. It would be great to get the first silverware of the season.

“It’s the two best teams in the Southern League up against each other, it’s mouthwatering.

“It can go two ways and maybe I could put too much emphasis on it by saying we are going to be the team that derails Poole. They could massively derail us.

“I am putting my neck on the line by saying that but that is the belief I have in the boys.

“If we play the way I know we are capable of next Wednesday then it will be a really good game.

“But I think they (the Southern League) do need to sit down and come up with a neutral venue in the future.

“We could have easily met halfway and had a final and I think that’s something the committee need to sit down and be realistic about.

“They (Poole) won’t be looking forward to coming up here next Wednesday and we really don’t need a long trip down there at the start of our April.”

It proved to a low-key affair at Steel Park as Claudiu Hoban’s third-minute cross, which deceived visiting goalkeeper Matt Bulman, proved decisive.

But Wright felt his team were worthy winners and was pleased with some impressive individual displays.

“I thought North Leigh did well,” Wright added.

“They were organised and disciplined in their shape, they probably created as much as us and it could have gone either way.

“The goal we have scored was clearly a cross but we could have made it easier for ourselves if we had taken shots when we had opportunities instead of trying to walk it in at times.

“Overall, I thought we deserved it and there were some pleasing performances from Curtis Hartley, who was outstanding, and Brad-Lee Gascoigne won all his headers and we got an hour into his legs as well.

“We were missing some key players but the lads who were involved put in a good performance.”

The Steelmen return to league action on Saturday when they take on struggling Banbury United at Steel Park.