Steelmen doing things the Wright way ahead of new campaign
Is there a better way to prepare to take on the big clubs than playing some of the biggest clubs around? That was the view of Corby Town manager Tommy Wright after his side faced sides from European giants Porto and PSV in pre-season.
“A good learning experience” was the somewhat modest verdict of the former Leicester City and Darlington winger and it was an experience that he hopes will benefit his side as they finalise their preparations for the new Vanarama National League North season this weekend.
The Champions League regulars were in town for the Steel Park Cup, along with a side from Premier League giants Liverpool, with the Reds including Coutinho and Emre Can in their line up.
However, far from being overawed by their opposition the Steelmen stuck to their task and Wright admitted he felt the games has “woken up a few people”.
He said “Obviously it was different and it’s something that we won’t come up against this season. It has helped though, it has made us more organised and it has the boys talking on the pitch. They are used to playing against that sort of player now, they were brilliant and they gave me everything.
They defended like warriors and we will take so much from the game going into the new season. It has woken up a few people here and it has been a good learning experience”
A positive result against a Newcastle United Under 18s side and a draw with Wolves add credibility to Wright’s confidence in his side ahead of the new campaign. A lively, positive character, he even looked on the bright side of a defeat to ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League side Oadby Town.
His focus remains on the Steelmen’s opening day fixture at another newly promoted side Curzon Ashton and he insisted that pre-season is all about being ready for that opening day fixture.
“It has been a mixed pre-season. We beat Newcastle United’s Under 18s at their place but then got beat by Oadby Town but we took something from both of those games. The Oadby defeat didn’t worry me because we made chances and we got a draw with Wolves so just shows what pre-season is about.
We just wanted to put a schedule together to make sure we are ready for day one of the season and I think we have done exactly that”
Consolidation in the National League North is off the agenda for Wright.
His target, somewhat ambitiously is the top ten and a play-off push.
He admitted that this would be conceived as naive but takes heart from the recent performances of other recently promoted clubs, although conceding that his club don’t have the resources that the likes of Chorley and North Ferriby United have.
“I think we have momentum from promotion and I am ambitious. Maybe I am naive but I think these players can do something this season. I am expecting a top half finish but we have to start well and build on that momentum. I think we look strong and I think we can do it”
We aren’t as financially backed as the likes of Chorley or North Ferriby United but they have shown it can be done. They had momentum and had great debut seasons in the league. If you have good team spirit you can do anything, it’s half the battle and we have that.
We are looking strong, we are fully focused on the task in hand and we know what we want to do this season. Now it’s a case of getting out on the pitch on day one and beginning the challenge of doing that in the right way”
And doing things the Wright way seems to be pointing towards another positive season for the Steelmen of Corby.
Interview: Mark Carruthers
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