Chris Plummer believes tonight’s trip to Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester will act as a “good marker” for how far Corby Town have come in recent weeks.
The Steelmen head to the Exacta Stadium looking to become the first team to beat the table-toppers on their own pitch in the league this season.
And while the odds may be stacked against Plummer’s men, the Corby boss knows his team will have an extra spring in their step following their exploits in the FA Carlsberg Trophy at the weekend.
The Steelmen made it seven games unbeaten in all competitions as they produced a superb second-half fightback to come from 2-0 down to beat Hayes & Yeading United 3-2 and earn a second-round trip to Blue Square Bet Premier side Tamworth on December 15.
But the focus is now back on the league with tonight’s clash being followed by another away-day at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
And Plummer said: “Chester are top of the league so it is a big ask for us.
“There shouldn’t be any problems with confidence. In fact, there is plenty of confidence in the squad at the moment.
“So we will go there and try to perform to our best. It will certainly be a good marker for our players and it will show us all whether we are progressing or not.
“We are still leaking goals both at home and away and that is an area we will continue to work on. If we need to tweak a few things then we will.
“We certainly won’t be able to give Chester a 2-0 lead because if we do then we will be struggling to get anything from the game at all.”
Corby are boosted by the return of Nat Wedderburn, who served a one-match ban at the weekend while Greg Kaziboni and Nathan Horne should both be available after missing the Trophy win due to family and work commitments respectively.
The only definite absentee is top scorer Josh Moreman, who completed a two-match suspension this evening while defender Nathan Fox has joined Kettering Town on loan for a month.
You can read all the latest news from Steel Park in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph