Wright keen for Steelmen to book their final place

Midfielder Shane Byrne will miss Corby Town's Red Insure Cup semi-final with North Leigh
Midfielder Shane Byrne will miss Corby Town's Red Insure Cup semi-final with North Leigh

Tommy Wright has made no secret of his desire for Corby Town in tonight’s (Wednesday) Red Insure Cup semi-final with North Leigh at Steel Park as he declared: “I want to be in the final!”

The Steelmen, who last night dropped back down to second place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division after Poole Town won 2-1 at Biggleswade Town having taken over at the summit after a 3-1 win over Burnham on Saturday, will be hot favourites to see off the Division One South & West play-off chasers this evening.

With Poole awaiting the winners in what will be a two-legged final, Wright is hoping it will be his team who will advance.

But he insists he isn’t expecting an easy evening against a North Leigh side who have hit 84 goals in their 33 league matches so far this season.

“I want to be in the final,” the Steelmen boss said.

“We are at home, our fans want us to get through, I want to get through and I am sure the players feel the same.

“The winners get two games against Poole and for me, that would be an opportunity to try to hit their form in the league as well.

“But North Leigh are a capable team who are pushing for a play-off place in their own division and they have players who have been at the likes of Hungerford and Forest Green Rovers in the past.

“With it being a cup game, they may well come and have a real go at us.

“If that is the case then I will be comfortable with it because I would back our lads in any end-to-end game.

“They tend to get a bit frustrated when teams come here and sit in so if North Leigh come with an attacking mindset then we will be happy with that.”

The Steelmen will be without Ben Milnes (ankle), while Shane Byrne misses the game as he is in his native Ireland but will return in time for Saturday’s home league clash with Banbury.

Defender Edi Appleton is also likely to be ruled out due to an Achilles problem but Brad-Lee Gascoigne should be in the squad after he re-joined the Steelmen yesterday.