Wright may return to the pitch for Steelmen’s FA Cup replay

Steelmen boss Tommy Wright could feature on the pitch again in tonight's FA Cup replay at Norton United. Picture by Andrew Carpenter
Steelmen boss Tommy Wright could feature on the pitch again in tonight's FA Cup replay at Norton United. Picture by Andrew Carpenter

Tommy Wright could be back on the pitch tonight (Tuesday) as Corby Town aim to finish the job at Norton United.

The Steelmen make the trip to the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South strugglers for an FA Cup first qualifying round replay after the first clash between the pair ended in a 3-3 draw at Steel Park on Saturday.

Boss Wright was fuming with his team after they squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-1 before conceding twice in a disastrous last nine minutes.

Having played in last week’s 2-2 draw at Cambridge City in the Southern League Premier Division, Wright brought himself out of the team at the weekend along with two others as he made three changes.

And, after watching a display he described at the time as “not good enough”, the Corby manager looks set to make changes again this evening.

A home tie awaits the winners with Spalding United, who are managed by Corby legend Pat Rayment, set to visit Steel Park or Norton in the second qualifying round on September 27.

But Wright is only focused on this evening as he looks to his team to put things right after their implosion on Saturday.

“I would imagine there could be a couple of changes,” the Steelmen boss said.

“I made three changes from the team that performed pretty well at Cambridge City but something wasn’t right at the weekend.

“It may mean bringing myself back into it as well but we will think about what we are going to do.

“We had too many lapses in concentration on Saturday and the decision-making is costing us.

“The incentive is there for the boys. There is a home draw awaiting the winners.

“But we certainly won’t be getting ahead of ourselves.

“You only have to take a look at what happened to some of the clubs in our division at the weekend to see what the FA Cup can do to you.

“We did ourselves no favours in our game and now we have to go and get it right.”

Wright admitted tonight’s replay is a game he hadn’t planned for.

And he is now facing up to perhaps the busiest period of the whole season with midweek matches galore coming up over the next month or so.

He added: “That result ruined my whole weekend and I would like to think it did the same to the lads.

“I know from experience that, as a player, you can switch off from it but that isn’t the case for the manager.

“We have gone through it and we have to put what went wrong right and we have to do it tonight.

“It’s not a game I had a planned for and it now means we have midweek matches from now until November so the squad is going to be tested.

“October is going to be a big month for us but first and foremost, we have to finish September better than we have started it.

“The statistics are there. We have gone from being a good team to being an average one. So what has changed? That’s a question we all have to answer.”