Tommy Wright insists he has to give the Corby Town supporters “the respect they deserve” by picking the strongest team possible to get a result against Kettering Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
The Poppies and Steelmen face off in the first of two clashes between the clubs over the next month when they meet in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup at Latimer Park.
They will also play each other again in the first round of the Southern League’s Red Insure Cup at the same venue next month.
Corby are currently without a game next Saturday due to their early FA Cup exit while the Poppies remain in that competition and take on Chalfont St Peter at home at the weekend.
Steelmen boss Wright admitted his team selection for tomorrow will be dependent on whether Corby manage to reschedule another Southern League Premier Division clash for the weekend after they moved up to fourth with a 4-1 home success over Paulton Rovers on Saturday.
But, despite the Hillier Cup not being at the top of his priority list, Wright knows the Corby fans will be expecting a good result when they head to Kettering.
“It will always be a contest, it is a local derby so the fans will be fired up for it, the boys will be fired up about it,” the Corby manager said.
“And I am sure the Kettering starting 11 will want to be involved in a derby as much as our players will.
“From now until Tuesday, we will come up with a team that we think can go and get a result.
“Kettering probably aren’t too bothered about the Hillier Cup and we are pretty much in the same boat.
“But we have been drawn against our local rivals and we have a duty to give the supporters the respect they deserve in such a fixture.
“It’s not as if we have got an FA Cup fixture at the weekend and may not have a fixture at all.
“If we do then that might hold us back a bit in terms of resting a few.”