Wright: Steelmen will go for it in first leg

Corby Town manager Tommy Wright is ready for tonight's Red Insure Cup first leg against Poole Town at Steel Park
Corby Town manager Tommy Wright is ready for tonight's Red Insure Cup first leg against Poole Town at Steel Park

Tommy Wright insists Corby Town will “go for it” in the first leg of the Red Insure Cup final against promotion rivals Poole Town at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).

The top two in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division go head-to-head over two matches in the showpiece of the knockout competition.

And Steelmen boss Wright is keen to gain an early advantage ahead of the second leg on the south coast on March 31.

Poole remain favourites to secure the Premier Division title as they sit two points clear of Corby with three games in hand.

The Steelmen beat the leaders 1-0 at Steel Park back in December, although they won’t meet again in the league until the final day of the season.

And Wright is hoping some success against their rivals in the cup competition can, in some way, have an affect on their impressive run of form in the league.

“We always go for it and that will be the case again,” Wright said.

“With it being two legs, there may have to be a different approach as far as the second game is concerned from a tactical point of view.

“But, as far as tonight is concerned, we are at home and we want to go at them as we would if it was a league game.

“We have to be like that and we certainly won’t sit back and try to just win the game 1-0. We will go and try to play our way and see what happens.

“I think everyone is excited by the game. It’s a cup final and hopefully the fans will come out in force for it. I want to get the supporters used to big games like this.

“Psychologically, what happens in these two matches could affect what happens in the league.

“By no means am I saying that if we beat them then we will win the league because we need other teams to make them slip up before we get a crack at them in the last game of the season.

“But we want to do everything we can to make sure that final match of the season means everything and not nothing.”

Wright will field his full-strength squad for the game, although he admits he will have some selection dilemmas.

Midfielder Ben Milnes is fit again following an ankle injury while central defender Edi Appleton is also close to a return from an Achilles problem.

But Brad-Lee Gascoigne is a doubt after suffering a broken nose during Saturday’s 2-1 home success over Banbury United.

Wright added: “Ben is a bit better than he was, we didn’t risk him from the bench last weekend.

“He is telling me he is ready and we will look at it before we make any decisions.

“Brad is a major doubt but we already have Herve (Pepe-N’Goma) available and Edi is also telling me he’s fit so there are a few dilemmas for me.”

Don’t miss reports and reaction from tonight’s game on this website and more Steelmen news in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph