Gary Mills believes Corby Town will find out just how far they have come over the past couple of months when they head to runaway leaders Blyth Spartans this weekend.
Blyth have pulled away from the rest since the start of 2017 during which time they have won 10 games in a row, scoring 35 goals and conceding just seven along the way.
They hold a 14-point advantage at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division going into tomorrow’s (Saturday) clash with Corby.
But while the table-toppers are dominating the current form table, just behind them are the Steelmen who are now unbeaten in five matches after claiming a 1-1 draw at Nantwich Town last weekend.
Mills’ team have suffered just one defeat in their last 10 games and it’s a run of form that has turned their season around and given them a fighting chance of avoiding a second relegation in the space of a year.
And Mills fully expects the battle to avoid the drop to go to the wire.
The Steelmen dropped back into the relegation zone on Tuesday night.
Frickley Athletic claimed a 2-1 success at Barwell to move three points clear of Corby but Marine suffered a 2-1 loss at Spennymoor Town to ensure they remain in the dogfight.
Frickley and Marine meet this weekend, but Corby boss Mills is now focused on the next job at hand and he is well aware his team are facing the toughest of tests this weekend.
“It’s two teams who are right up there in the form guide and who are full of confidence,” he said.
“It should be a good game and we will go there and pay them the full respect.
“They are in a rich vein of form and they are flying high so we will assess what they are good at and try to find a weakness, which we will try to exploit.
“We know it will be very difficult but we have been in good form ourselves and I am looking forward to seeing just how far we have come because we will find out tomorrow.
“We will have to be disciplined, well organised and we will have to put our bodies on the line. It might be a backs-to-the-wall job but that’s nothing new to us.
“I am fairly sure the battle to stay up will go to the wire. But we have now put ourselves into a situation where we have brought other teams into it.
“As ever, we will concentrate on ourselves first and foremost.
“We want to go to Blyth and give a good account of ourselves and keep the run going.
“We know what we are up against but there are points on the line and we need to do all we can to get something from the game.”