Tommy Wright insists the challenge for his Corby Town players is to finish as high as they can in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
The Steelmen’s title hopes appear to be fading after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Paulton Rovers left them five points behind leaders Poole Town having played three games more.
But, despite having their 10-match unbeaten run ended at the weekend, Corby remain five points clear of sixth-placed Redditch United as they look to secure a play-off place.
And boss Wright remains confident his team can stay in the hunt at the top of the table.
“I have said to the players that if we don’t win the league, we have to got to finish as high as we possibly can,” he said.
“It’s a good challenge for us and if we can finish second or third then I think that is something most would have taken at the start of the season.
“We are still confident of being right up there and if the boys hit the target we have set for them then I don’t think they will be far away.”
The Steelmen are now preparing for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s trip to United Counties League Premier Division side Peterborough Northern Star in the semi-finals of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup.
And Wright insists his team are fully focused on capturing some silverware as they also have a Red Insure Cup quarter-final at Rugby Town to look forward to a week tomorrow.
“It is a semi-final of a cup competition and we will treat it with the respect it deserves,” Wright added.
“And that will be the same when we are in a quarter-final next week.
“They are important competitions to us. It would be nice for me and Dave (assistant-manager Clarke) to win our first trophy because it will only add to our confidence as a club and as a management team.”