Wright happy as Steelmen put things right

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright was content with a point after the 2-2 draw at Cambridge City
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright was content with a point after the 2-2 draw at Cambridge City

Tommy Wright praised his Corby Town players for “putting things right” after they claimed a 2-2 draw at Cambridge City last night (Wednesday).

The Steelmen bounced back from the 3-0 defeat at Hungerford Town last weekend to take a good point in the Southern League Premier Division.

Corby fell behind inside a minute but hit back to lead thanks to goals from Paul Malone and Ben Milnes - with his first for the club.

Cambridge levelled again before the break and the Steelmen were forced to see out the latter stages with 10 men after Akin Daramola was shown a straight red card.

But manager Wright was happy with his team’s response after the disappointment of last Saturday.

“The performance was spot on,” he said.

“I challenged the lads to go and put things right and they did that.

“We couldn’t have got off to a worse start and, again, a couple of individual errors cost us.

“Every mistake we make at the moment seems to get punished so we will sit down with the boys next week and have a look at that and see if we can stop that from happening.

“But the performance was 100 times better than Saturday and maybe that game at Hungerford was something we needed just to regain our focus.

“It was a fair result. It was a good game full of attacking football and I would think that the fans who were there would have enjoyed watching it.”

On Daramola’s sending-off for a challenge on Michael King, Wright added: “We can’t have any complaints about the sending-off.

“It was a genuine 50-50 ball that two players were going for but Akin was second to it and when that happens, it always looks worse.”

The Steelmen boss made three changes to his team with young full-backs Connor Kennedy and Curtis Hartley both being handed starts while the manager himself played alongside Spencer Weir-Daley in attack.

“The two young lads deserved the opportunity,” Wright said.

“We are lucky to have two very good right-backs in Kalern (Thomas) and Connor and I thought Connor was outstanding for us.

“He has had to wait for his chance and he will play again on Saturday and Kalern will now have to be patient for a while.

“I put Curtis in there because I felt Lewis Jackson needed a break and we changed the shape a bit, which meant me going up there with Spencer.

“I thought it worked well but Saturday is a different game and there may be changes again. That’s something we have to think about.”

The Steelmen, who now sit in eighth place in the table, take a break from the league action this weekend when they take on Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South outfit Norton United in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup at Steel Park.