Chris Plummer insists the ‘Graham Drury factor’ will not have any affect on his Corby Town players.
In a true twist of footballing fate, former Steelmen boss Drury’s first game in charge of Boston United will be against his old club when Corby head to The Jakemans Stadium for the first part of a festive double-header on Boxing Day.
Drury, who enjoyed a successful stint as manager of Corby which included winning the Southern League Premier Division title, will make his return to Steel Park when the two teams meet again on New Year’s Day.
But current Steelmen boss Plummer, who saw his team’s home clash with Solihull Moors on Saturday washed out by the weather, doesn’t believe Drury’s presence will make any difference to his squad.
And the Corby manager is fully expecting three tough tests over the Christmas period with next Saturday’s trip to FC Halifax sandwiching the Boston clashes.
“I think it is fair to say that two games against Boston and an away match at Halifax represents a tough Christmas for us,” Plummer said.
“It was disappointing not to have the game on Saturday because we wanted to get straight back into action after the FA Trophy replay defeat to Tamworth.
“But the weather is what it is and we managed to get a training session in to make sure we are ready for Boxing Day.
“It is a local derby and Boston have had some very good results at times.
“Obviously, their manager is new and that always lifts a club and he is up against his former club in his first game.
“I can see why that will be exciting for him and for the Corby supporters, particularly when they come to our place on New Year’s Day.
“But, as far as my players are concerned, I don’t think it makes a great deal of difference. I think Paul Malone and Tom McGowan are the only ones who played under him here.
“So we will concentrate on the game and see what we can do about getting a good result. It certainly won’t be easy.
“But we have shown what we are capable of and we will need to be at our best on Boxing Day and next weekend because Halifax are one of the favourites to win promotion.”
Plummer, meanwhile, has confirmed striker Liam Hughes has returned to Cambridge United following a successful month on loan at Steel Park.
Hughes, who hit five goals in Corby colours, was due to play his last game on loan at the weekend but was recalled by the Blue Square Bet Premier side following an injury to one of their centre-forwards.
And Plummer, who is unlikely to add any new faces to his squad until January, added: “It is disappointing but Liam is a Cambridge player and they need him at the moment.
“He has been fantastic for us over the last month and perhaps there will be a chance of him coming back if and when the injury situation eases at Cambridge.”