Tommy Wright has backed his Corby Town players to bounce back from their first defeat of the season this weekend.
The Steelmen had started Bank Holiday Monday as leaders of the Southern League Premier Division following the 1-0 success at Chesham United last Saturday.
But their unbeaten record was ended as title favourites St Neots Town claimed a 3-1 success in front of over 500 fans at Steel Park two days later.
Manager Wright, however, was far from downhearted by his team’s display.
And he fully expects his team to hit back when they take on Truro City at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday).
“It is a test of character for the boys now,” the Steelmen boss said.
“But they have already shown they have that because they have come back during matches.
“There is plenty to be positive about and I will be reminding the boys that it is a 46-game season before they go out there on Saturday.
“It’s been a good start for us and we are happy with it. But now the hard work starts again.”
Wright, meanwhile, is hoping the Corby public will continue to come out and support his players.
Aside from the final game of last season, which was free entry, the turnout of 518 on Monday was one of the highest league attendances at Steel Park for a number of months.
And Wright is hopeful his team showed enough positive signs despite the loss earlier this week to encourage those fans to come back for more.
“Hopefully we will get another big crowd in,” he added.
“The attendance we got on Bank Holiday Monday was fantastic and I am sure the chairman and the rest of the board were delighted with that.
“I would hope the fans who were there would have been feeling positive about the way we played.”
Wright confirmed he expects midfielder Shane Byrne to be fit for this weekend’s home clash after he was forced off with a knock during Monday’s defeat.
And Spencer Weir-Daley is standing by to make his first start of the season with Wilson Carvalho beginning a three-match suspension.