Wright’s Steelmen are ready for the big kick-off

Corby Town boss Tommy Wright and his assistant David Clarke
Corby Town boss Tommy Wright and his assistant David Clarke

Tommy Wright is in no doubt that his Corby Town players are ready for the first game of the Southern League Premier Division season.

The Steelmen take on Hitchin Town at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday) with Wright set to unleash his new-look squad after a mixed pre-season campaign, which ended on an excellent note as Bidemi Afolabi grabbed both goals in a 2-1 success over a Nottingham Forest XI.

Corby’s opening clash is immediately followed by a trip to newly-promoted Dunstable Town on Tuesday night.

But Wright insists his team’s full attention is on trying to get off to a winning start in front of their own fans.

“We have the first game of the season at home and hopefully a decent crowd will come out for it,” Wright said.

“We want to give the fans a good performance and result and encourage them to come back as the season progresses.

“Our sole focus is on this game and then we will move on and think about Dunstable on Tuesday night.

“We can’t wait for it and the boys will be ready.”

Wright, meanwhile, is excited as he takes his first steps in sole charge.

He added: “It’s an exciting time. It has been different from being part of a joint-management team.

“But I have David Clarke with me who I trust and we are looking forward to it.”

Wright is hopeful that Greg Mills and Wilson Carvalho will both be fit for the opener while summer signing Spencer Weir-Daley is closing in on a return to action after a shoulder injury.

The Steelmen boss also confirmed the club will be looking to get international clearance for midfielder Shane Byrne, who played in the final friendly against a Nottingham Forest XI. Byrne was with Bray Wanderers in Ireland last season.

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