Steelmen set for a relegation battle

Action from Corby Town's 3-2 defeat to Guiseley on Wednesday night

Action from Corby Town's 3-2 defeat to Guiseley on Wednesday night

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Stalybridge Celtic come to Steel Park this weekend for what Chris Plummer thinks will be nothing but a “battle”.

The Steelmen have become embroiled in a tussle at the foot of the Blue Square Bet North after a run of eight games without a victory.

Wednesday night’s 3-2 defeat to Guiseley left Corby a solitary point above the relegation places with 12 games remaining and Colwyn Bay, who are one place behind, have the benefit of two games in hand.

And that has put extra emphasis on the clash with Stalybridge who were the last team to be beaten by Plummer’s men, a 2-1 victory back in the middle of January.

He said: “I think it will be a real battle.

“We came out on top up there and they need a couple of wins to get away from the trouble so we expect a tough game.

“We definitely need to get something from it and we’ll be confident because our last two performances at home have been very good.

“One was ruined by a refereeing decision and the other by poor defending so I’m not too concerned in that regard.

“Our league position obviously is a concern but we’ll keep doing what we’re doing, keep believing and keep our heads up.”

Only Francis Green, who is out with a long-term injury, is expected to be missing from the squad for the clash and Plummer insists there will be no opportunity for players to relax.

He added: “Everyone should be available and that means we’ve got a bit more strength in depth than not too long ago.

“The bench is a lot stronger so there are options there where there weren’t before.

“That should mean there is competition for places and will stop any complacency.”