Tommy Wright has urged his Corby Town team to “focus on themselves” as they look to bounce back at Chippenham Town tomorrow (Saturday).
Three successive away wins leading into last weekend’s home clash with Frome Town, the first game to be played at Steel Park this year, had raised hopes of a late push for the Calor League Premier Division play-off places.
But the Steelmen were brought back down to earth with a bump as a poor display ended in a 1-0 defeat.
Joint-manager Wright felt fatigue played a part in that setback and Corby now find themselves a huge 14 points off the top five, despite having games in hand on those above them.
Wright knows there is a good opportunity to get back on track in front of his team when they head to struggling Chippenham this weekend.
But he wants his players concentrating solely on their own performance.
“It is an opportunity but we missed one last weekend,” the joint-boss said.
“Maybe we need that little kick up the backside. We shouldn’t expect to roll any side over and if any of the players felt like that, they now know it won’t be easy against anyone.
“Having looked at the DVD of the game, I know fatigue after some long trips played a part. I certainly didn’t feel as sharp as I should have done.
“We will look at why that happened but we have had a free week leading up to Saturday and we will be ready to go again.
“We are going to have to pick up some big results between now and the end of the season.
“But we are still in with a chance. Again, it is all about being consistent.
“It is all about us and what we do. We need to stop worrying about other results and focus on ourselves. If we win the games we have targeted, we won’t be far away.”
Young goalkeeper Josh Carpenter is set to make his full debut with Paul Walker sitting out due to a one-match ban following his red card in the 2-0 win at Hitchin Town.
Corby’s home clash with Cambridge City, which was due to be at Steel Park next Wednesday, has been postponed due to Cambridge having to play a county cup match.
The league game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 2 (7.45pm).