Chris Plummer insists Corby Town securing their Blue Square Bet North status is “paramount” as they gear up for tonight’s (Tuesday) NFA Hillier Senior Cup final with Daventry Town.
The Steelmen saw the gap between themselves and third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay reduced to six points at the weekend as Corby’s 3-1 home defeat to Workington was matched by Colwyn’s 1-0 success over Gainsborough Trinity.
The points gap may still be quite large but Colwyn have three games in hand – the first of which is at Brackley Town this evening.
Corby have a chance to put some silverware in the cabinet when they take on Southern League Division One Central outfit Daventry at Northampton Town’s Sixfields Stadium.
But boss Plummer has confirmed he will be forced to “shuffle the pack” with a huge trip to Gloucester City and a final-day home clash with Gainsborough still to come as his team look to ensure safety in the league.
Gareth Jelleyman and Tom McGowan both missed Saturday’s defeat due to injury and neither player will feature tonight while Nat Wedderburn and Jason Crowe are also struggling with knocks they took at the weekend.
“You can look at it two ways,” the Corby manager said.
“Because of the injuries we have, now it is a game we are looking at and wondering whether we can risk players when you consider how much importance is on the last two league games.
“But on the other hand, all the lads will want to play because it is at a Football League ground and it a cup final.
“So we have to look at it and we have to be careful and ensure we manage it. In my opinion next Saturday is more important than Tuesday.
“However, it is a cup final and we want to win it. There is a lot to gain for the club out of it. We have to manage the injuries and maybe go into it with a slightly shuffled pack.
“It may be the case that we use one or two of the youngsters but we will have a look at it and see how some of the lads who are carrying knocks are doing.
“First and foremost, surviving in the Conference North is paramount and I think everyone realises that.”
The final at Sixfields kicks off at 7.45pm and admission prices are £6 for adults and £3 for over-60s and under-16s. Car parking is free.