Corby Town boss Tommy Wright has described tonight’s (Wednesday) clash with Weymouth as “almost season-defining” as far as his team’s Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division title hopes are concerned.
The fourth-placed Steelmen take on the second-placed Terras in a game both teams really need to win if they are to continue to run Poole Town close for the crown.
Poole maintained their relentless charge towards the title with a 3-0 win over Chesham United last night, a result that took them five points clear of Weymouth with two games in hand and nine clear of Corby from a game less.
Wright believes his team will need to win every game between now and the end of the campaign if they are to stand a chance of taking the title.
And with the race for the play-off places still ongoing, it makes Corby’s second of four home games in a row one of the biggest of the season so far.
The Steelmen boss said: “It’s very much a big game. I would go as far as to say it is almost season-defining, certainly as far as the title is concerned.
“If we are going to have a chance of winning it then we will probably have to win every game and this is the next one.
“If our boys can go and win then they will send a message to the rest of the league and it will give us some extra momentum for the big games that follow.
“But even as far as the play-off places are concerned, our target is to finish as high as we possibly can and we will move even closer to Weymouth if we beat them.
“They are up here on a Wednesday night and their form has been a bit off just recently.
“If you weren’t professional in your preparations, that sort of thing could easily make you take your eye off the ball.
“I’m not naive enough to think that this isn’t just as big a game for them as it is for us.
“If you look through their squad, they have some very good players and when they have had a bit of a dip in form, it hasn’t lasted long. We know it will be a tough game.”
Wright, meanwhile, knows he will have some selection dilemmas for tonight’s clash.
Edi Appleton and Kalern Thomas are both available again following bans while Ben Milnes and Claudiu Hoban both made impressive contributions from the bench to help Corby fight back from a goal down to beat Chippenham Town 2-1 at Steel Park on Saturday.
Wright joked: “I have probably got too many players now!
“It’s a very good position to be in and I have selection dilemmas for the starting line-up and the bench as well.
“There will be some disappointed players but they are all well aware that we are in this together.”
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