Tommy Wright believes Corby Town can continue to have a say in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title race as long as they “do their bit”.
The Steelmen go into tomorrow’s (Thursday) clash with Histon at Steel Park (1pm) level on points with leaders Poole Town and second-placed Weymouth.
But those two teams currently have four and five games respectively in hand on Corby, meaning they could pull away in the coming weeks.
Wright’s men made it five wins in a row in all competitions with a superb 4-2 success at St Neots Town on Boxing Day.
And, as they prepare for two games in 72 hours with a trip to Hitchin Town following on from today’s match on Saturday, Wright knows his team’s task for the next few weeks is straightforward.
The Steelmen boss, who this week signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season, said: “It is exactly that, all we can do is keep trying to win matches. We can’t affect Poole or Weymouth until we play them.
“There is still a long way to go and as long as we do our bit and we hit our points targets then we will have a chance.
“They have got games in hand and they could, potentially, move well clear of us and everyone else.
“But we have the points on the board, which I am pleased about and football is never that simple. They will come across some tough games just like we will.
“We have come through December by taking seven points from the games with Poole, Redditch and St Neots and that is really impressive.
“We just need to carry that sort of form on and make sure we look after ourselves.
“Histon are a hard-working team with a lot of good, young players.
“We have sometimes struggled against teams from lower down the table and we have to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“There is no point beating Poole and St Neots and getting a big crowd in on New Year’s Day, only for us to let them down.”
Tomorrow’s New Year’s Day clash is immediately followed by a trip to Hitchin Town on Saturday but Wright is confident his squad can cope with the demands of playing two games in 72 hours.
“It’s very similar to the Easter weekend and it is the same for every side,” he added.
“We are quite blessed in that we have a bit of depth to the squad so if we feel we need to make a couple of changes to keep things fresh then we will.
“I just want the lads to focus on the Histon game first and then we can concentrate on the weekend.”
The Steelmen are set to be at full strength for the two games.
Striker Spencer Weir-Daley missed the Boxing Day trip to St Neots due to illness but was expected to be back in the squad for today’s game.