Tommy Wright has urged the Corby Town fans to continue to create a positive atmosphere at Steel Park.
The Steelmen go into this weekend’s home clash with second-placed Blyth Spartans Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division having impressed against another of the high-fliers Buxton last Saturday before picking up their first win of the season when they thrashed Peterborough Northern Star 5-0 in the first round of the NFA Hillier Senior Cup on Wednesday night.
Youngster Jordon Crawford marked his first senior start for the club by giving Corby the lead in the clash with Buxton but they were denied all three points when the visitors levelled with nine minutes to go.
Nonetheless, the performance would have given fans renewed hope for the season that lies ahead after a tough start in the league.
Wright was delighted with the noise created by a group of supporters last weekend and he firmly believes the fans don’t realise “how important they are”.
“I said in my pre-match notes before last weekend that we want that positive atmosphere around the place,” the Steelmen boss said.
“I think we had that after the game with Buxton. There is a group of young guys who are determined to bang their drum and create an atmosphere during matches.
“And we really appreciate that. The boys relish playing in a good atmosphere.
“I don’t think the fans realise how important they are.
“From being a player myself, there really is no better feeling when the crowd is right behind you. It does make a difference.
“Of course, we had a really bad run on our own ground last season and that has spilled into this one somewhat.
“But I think everyone who was at the game last weekend will have been pleased with what they saw.”
Indeed it was a good display from Wright’s players as they finally registered their first home goal of the campaign.
Now he wants them to go one better and rack up their first three-point haul.
“We have to build on it,” he added.
“I said at the start of the season that I wanted us to compete with the teams at the top and last Saturday we proved we can do that.
“It’s now up to the lads to do it again against a very good team this weekend.
“We really needed to just score a goal last Saturday and we did that. In the end, we are disappointed we didn’t win.
“Now we have to concentrate on getting that league win, I know the fans are desperate to see it happen.”
The Steelmen will again be without frontman Callum Ball who serves the last of a three-match ban this weekend.