Tommy Wright insists Corby Town will “dust themselves down and look forward” after their title hopes suffered a blow at the weekend.
The Steelmen were beaten 3-2 at Biggleswade Town, a team they had beaten 2-0 just three days earlier, in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.
With leaders Poole Town being held to a 0-0 draw by St Neots Town, it means the Steelmen are now two points behind in second place while having played three games more than the table-toppers.
But Corby will go top of the table if they beat bottom side Burnham at Steel Park on Saturday with Poole having the weekend off due it being the day they were due to play Hereford United, who went out of business earlier in the season.
It proved to be a day to forget for Wright and his players at the weekend. The manager was sent off late on in the game while goals from Spencer Weir-Daley and Elliott Chamberlain proved to be in vain.
However, Wright is now in a philosophical mood as he prepares for tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s NFA Hillier Senior Cup semi-final at Peterborough Northern Star.
He said: “I’m over it now and we are focused on what we need to do. Hopefully it is the kick up the backside we might have needed.
“We will dust ourselves down and look forward. We have 10 games left and 30 points to play for. The title is not decided at this stage of the season.
“It is massively in Poole’s hands but we have been saying that for a long time now.
“All we can do is concentrate on the games to come and we have two home matches against the two sides at the bottom of the league.
“I am not going to be arrogant about it but if you are to challenge then you have to win your home games, especially against the teams further down the league.
“The lads will be well drilled for the weekend and we will look to get the three points.”
Corby’s cause wasn’t helped on Saturday with first-choice central defenders Edi Appleton and Herve Pepe-N’Goma both being ruled out through injury.
Jamie Anton returned after a loan spell at Holbeach United and partnered Stephan Morley at the heart of the defence.
“They knew our game plan and that was always going to be the danger having played them just a few days earlier,” Wright added.
“But it’s never easy when you lose your two central defenders like we did.
“Jamie was always going to come back from his loan after what happened to Paul Malone and he is now in direct competition with Edi and Herve for those positions.
“We had to play Stephan Morley in there as well and while you know what you will get from him, he is a left-back.
“We lacked a bit of height all over the pitch and Biggleswade made us pay for that.
“We had a great start and Spencer might have had another after his early goal and if it had gone to 2-0 then it would have been different.
“But goals change matches, although we made changes after their third and we always looked likely to come back into it. We just didn’t do enough.”
As far as his own red card was concerned, Wright felt the referee “levelled things up” having earlier sent off Biggleswade’s Josh Beech.
After seeing what he was felt was a perfectly good goal ruled out for offside, it all added to Wright’s frustration.
He said: “It was disappointing all-round from my point of view.
“The goal I scored shouldn’t have been disallowed and, with the sending-off, I think it’s a case of the referee simply levelling things up.
“I didn’t do much else apart from block off one of their centre-halves but they have done a job on me.
“Their two central defenders weren’t happy from the moment I came on and the lad has gone down holding his face, even though I haven’t touched him while the other centre-half has gone straight to the referee.
“I thought the decision to send their lad off earlier was a bit harsh and you often see referees at this level trying to even it up and I think that’s what happened.”