With just 18 games to go, it won’t be long before the regular analysing of league tables gets under way for teams up and down the country.
Some of those sides will be chasing titles and promotion but for Corby Town and Tommy Wright, it is all about survival.
The Steelmen head to mid-table Chorley this weekend, aiming to build on the 1-1 draw with Brackley Town at Steel Park last weekend, secured by Kalern Thomas’ late equaliser.
Corby remain rooted in the bottom three and a point adrift of safety as they seek to ensure their stay in the Vanarama National League North doesn’t last just one season.
Boss Wright is keen to ensure his team worry only about themselves and he knows they must start picking up some serious points “sooner rather then later” to ensure they aren’t cut adrift.
And an opportunity to perhaps drag another side into the battle at the bottom arrives this weekend as, despite sitting in 11th place, Chorley are just seven points clear of the struggling Steelmen.
“Everybody studies the league table a bit and if we get the chance to drag another team into it then we have to try to take it,” the Corby manager said.
“But I just want to concentrate on us. We know what we need to do. We know how many points we need to hit our target.
“We have had Chorley scouted so we will go there feeling prepared and hopefully we can get a positive result.
“I will be honest and say that I had six points in my head for the Christmas period. We got four and that’s how football works, you can never presume anything.
“The positive thing is that we took four points off one of our rivals (Brackley) and we are going to have to do that again.
“One thing that is striking from the league table is that the teams around us have games in hand and we will be looking at their results and hoping they slip up.
“We need points on the board sooner rather than later and while teams are one or two points ahead then it gives us a chance.
“If that stretches to six or seven after their games in hand and we can’t reduce it by winning games then it will create a negative feeling.”
Wright, meanwhile, confirmed he is set to have a fully-fit squad available for this weekend’s clash with full-back Ben O’Hanlon, who is on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers. set to return after a hamstring injury.
“Ben is fit and that is a major boost for us,” Wright added.
“It is the first time in a long time that I have had a fully-fit squad available so we have to make use of it.”