Chris Plummer insists Corby Town’s Blue Square Bet North showdown at Colwyn Bay tomorrow (Saturday) is not “make or break” for his side.
The Steelmen head to Wales seven points clear of their opponents, who are in the final relegation place in the bottom three.
But Colwyn Bay, who are now managed by former Chelsea and Leicester City defender Frank Sinclair, do have two games in hand on the Steelmen.
It makes the game a crucial one in the battle for survival with Corby knowing victory will give them a 10-point gap while defeat will haul them right back into trouble.
But while Plummer accepts it can be described as “a big game”, he insists it is dangerous to over-hype the occasion.
The Corby boss said: “It is a very big game but it is not make or break for our season. If we dress it up that way, it’s always dangerous.
“There are still plenty of games to play between now and the end of the season but obviously if the result doesn’t go our way then it will make it very tight.
“So we will be going there to get the result we need and if we can then it will give us a bit of breathing space going forward.
“I would say there is a bit more pressure on them. They are the home side and they need to beat us to catch us. A draw or a win for us either keeps it the same or sees us go further clear.
“It is a very important game for us but it is not make or break. If we go into it feeling like that then it’s the wrong approach.
“We will go into it like we did with the game the other night. We will be fully committed, knowing that if we are at our best then we can win the game.”
Plummer is hoping to have defender Paul Malone and attackers Jordan Ivey-Ward and Greg Kaziboni available again after all three missed the 2-2 home draw with Bishop’s Stortford on Wednesday night. Malone and Ivey-Ward were both ill while Kaziboni was unavailable due to family reasons.
But one who will definitely return is centre-half Carl Piergianni who completed a three-match ban in midweek.
And the Corby boss added: ““Hopefully we will have those lads back and we also have Carl available again, which is good news.
“He has been excellent for us and it gives us some extra choice, which is great.”