Gary Mills knows Corby Town will have to hold their nerve as they head into what he has described as “a five-game season”.
The Steelmen head to Ashton United tomorrow (Saturday) as they go into the final month of the campaign, which will either end in a second successive relegation or a magnificent great escape.
Corby remain in the place immediately above the drop-zone following last weekend’s 0-0 draw with Marine at Steel Park.
But with only goal difference separating them from Sutton Coldfield Town and Frickley Athletic just a point further adrift after they were beaten 2-0 at Buxton in their game in hand on Tuesday night, the margin for error is becoming smaller.
And Mills simply wants his players to keep their eyes firmly on the job at hand.
“We have to got to keep our nerve, we have to stay focused and remain positive,” the Steelmen boss said.
“We have got a five-game season and we have got to get as many points as we can in those five matches.
“We are still out of the relegation zone at this stage which is a positive and we will do all we can to make sure we are still out of it at the end of April.
“But for the time being, we just have to stay focused on the next game.”
As far as this weekend goes, Mills is expecting yet another tough test for his team.
Ashton sit comfortably in mid-table with little to play for between now and the end of the season.
And the Corby boss wants to see his side take it to their hosts.
“Every game in the division is tough, whether you are going to a team who are mid-table with nothing to play for or you are playing a side who are challenging,” he added.
“Ashton are a strange team, they tend to win one then lose one but they are at home and I am sure they will come out and have a go at us.
“We won’t be going there to be negative in our approach. I want us to have a real go at them and try to get on the front foot.”
Sutton Coldfield aren’t back in action until next Tuesday night when they head to Mickleover Sports, who could yet be drawn into the relegation dogfight.
But Frickley do play at the weekend as they host Grantham Town.
Marine followed up their four-point haul from the two recent matches with Corby with a crucial 1-0 success at Halesowen Town in midweek.
Marine now look to be all-but safe while Halesowen remain in the battle at the bottom, although they still have games in hand on the teams below them.