Chris Plummer is hoping the recent arrivals at Corby Town will give them renewed strength at the back as they prepare to take on Bishop’s Stortford at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).
The first of two crucial games this week sees the Steelmen looking to stop the rot after five successive defeats in the Blue Square Bet North, the latest of which was a 2-1 loss at Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
That run has seen Corby drop towards the bottom of the table and they currently sit six points above the relegation zone with a crucial trip to third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay to come at the weekend.
Plummer has moved to arrest the slide by bringing in defenders Stefan Galinski and Gareth Jelleyman while striker Jordan Ivey-Ward was also added to the squad ahead of the trip to Bradford.
And the Steelmen boss is hoping his team will reap the immediate benefits from having fresh faces in the squad as they look to get out of the bad habit of conceding early goals in matches.
“It is a very big game for us against Bishop’s Stortford,” Plummer admitted.
“But it is the case that we will have big games every week between now and the end of the season.
“We need to make sure we pull away from the bottom of the table and hopefully the new players we have brought in over the last few days can help us do that.
“I am certainly hopeful that, with Gareth and Stefan coming in, it will firm things up at the back and we will now have a bit of balance in there, which is important.
“It is good to add a couple of new faces but it was always important to bring in players who would add something to the squad and make it better. I think the lads who have come in will do that for us.
“We need to end this poor run we are on. We have had bad runs this season and come back from them so this isn’t a new situation. We have done it before and now we need to do it again.”
The Steelmen will still be without striker Francis Green, who is set to miss at least two more weeks with a leg injury, while Carl Piergianni sits out the last of a three-match ban tonight.
But top scorer Josh Moreman will be back in the squad having missed the game at Bradford following the birth of his daughter at the end of last week.
Match report and reaction from tonight’s game will be on www.northantstelegraph.co.uk and you can find all the latest news from Steel Park in tomorrow’s Northamptonshire Telegraph