Chris Plummer has urged his Corby Town players to “play with their brains” and keep their emotions in check as they get ready for tomorrow’s (Saturday) showdown with Gainsborough Trinity.
On what has been dubbed ‘Survival Saturday’ the Steelmen and Histon go into their final Blue Square Bet North matches separated by just one goal with Corby sitting in the final relegation spot at the start of the day.
Any number of outcomes are possible from what should be a dramatic afternoon but the only certainty is that by 5pm one of the two clubs will be relegated.
While Corby take on Gainsborough at Steel Park, Histon head to Bradford Park Avenue and Plummer has already said he will have plans in place to ensure he knows what is happening in Yorkshire.
A big crowd is expected at Steel Park with the club allowing free entry for fans while donations can be made to Lakelands Hospice.
But while emotions are bound to be running high on the terraces, Plummer insists he will do all he can to keep his players calm and ensure they focus on the main task of winning their game.
“I always try to keep my own emotions intact,” the Steelmen boss said.
“It is a massive game for the club, fans, players and me but we have to try to stay as calm as possible.
“The most important thing is the game, we have to go out there and try to win. It won’t be easy because Gainsborough are a good side. They have proved that over the season.
“It is going to be an emotional day and it is important the players stay focused on the job. We have to play with our brains.
“They will be fully motivated but we would be wise not to overdo it with them, we want to keep 11 players on the pitch and make sure nothing silly happens.
“It is all about having the right balance of emotions and I am sure we will have that. We know what is at stake and we know what we have to do.”
Plummer looks set to have top scorer Josh Moreman available following a hamstring injury but Lewis Webb is suspended while Gareth Jelleyman and Medi Abalimba have been rated as “touch and go” following recent knocks.
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