Tommy Wright believes the Christmas period will be “season-defining” for Corby Town.
The Steelmen take on high-flying Poole Town at Steel Park on Saturday but have no game on Boxing Day when they were due to travel to Hinckley United, who went out of business earlier in the season.
However, two further home matches against promotion-chasing duo Hemel Hempstead Town and Cambridge City quickly follow on Saturday week and New Year’s day respectively.
Wright and his fellow joint-manager Andrew Wilson have expressed their desire to lead the Steelmen on a charge for the Calor League Premier Division play-off places.
And Wright knows they will need to pick up some serious points against the teams above them over the next few fixtures if that target is to be realised.
“I really do think we are into season-defining stuff, even at this stage,” Wright said.
“I think these are six-pointer matches for us if we want to have a shot at getting into the play-offs.
“All the matches are at home and we need to create some momentum going into the new year.
“Our target was to try to make sure we were in and around the top five when we moved into 2014 and we have work to do to ensure that happens.
“We still believe we can do it.
“It won’t be easy and we will have to perform well over the next few games to put ourselves in that position.
“If we can get a good return from the Christmas period then it will give the fans, the club and the town a real boost and hopefully everyone will be behind us.”
The Steelmen this week confirmed the return of midfielder Nathan Rooney, who is now back at Steel Park just a month after leaving for Stafford Rangers.