Chris Plummer insists he still “genuinely believes” Corby Town to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Bet North this season.
The Steelmen suffered their third defeat from four games in the space of a week when they were beaten 3-1 by Workington at Steel Park on Saturday.
Corby will now be having to keep an eye on third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay’s results as they play two of their three games in hand this week.
Colwyn claimed a 1-0 success over Gainsborough Trinity at the weekend to move to within six points of the Steelmen, who have two league games left to play.
Colwyn’s first game in hand is at Brackley Town tomorrow (Tuesday) night while the Steelmen will be facing Daventry Town in the NFA Hillier Senior Cup final at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.
Corby travel to Gloucester City next weekend before entertaining Gainsborough in their final game of the season.
And Plummer fully believes his team can retain their status in the division, although he understands the concerns that are being voiced.
He said: “We have to stay upbeat. Obviously people are getting downbeat and concerned and we know that Colwyn Bay have won. Rightly so, people are concerned, we all want to stay in the division.
“But we have to keep believing. The lads are feeling the pressure a little bit, it has been a long season for some very young players and when you have been fighting relegation for pretty much the whole year it does start to take its toll.
“We have two games left and we have to believe we can do it. I genuinely believe we can do it.
“They aren’t easy games on paper but they are ones that we can get points from. We won’t go into them feeling fearful that is for sure.”
The Steelmen are also struggling with injuries at the wrong time as Gareth Jelleyman and Tom McGowan both missed the weekend defeat due to knocks.