Tommy Wright believes Weymouth and Poole Town will have their work cut out in the title race with Corby Town Corby Town.
The Steelmen had sat proudly at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division after a 1-0 win over Histon at Steel Park on New Year’s Day.
But the Southern League today confirmed the new league table after Hereford United’s record was expunged following the club’s demise at the end of last year.
The Steelmen lost their three points gained at Edgar Street earlier this season and, as a result, have slipped to third place with Weymouth now top and Poole second.
Both clubs still have four games in hand on Wright’s team after the top three all saw their games at the weekend postponed due to waterlogged pitches.
The Steelmen will aim to make it seven wins in a row when they make the long trek to play-off contenders Truro City at the weekend.
And while Wright knows many will expect Weymouth and Poole to pull away with their games in hand, he insists it won’t be that simple.
“I look at the bigger picture and while we all know Weymouth and Poole have games in hand, it will mean they are playing in virtually every midweek until March,” the Steelmen boss said.
“We have got some very tough games out of the way and put points on the board, which is all we can do.
“But I am a big fan of assessing statistics and fixtures and I don’t think it will be as easy as some might think for Weymouth and Poole to pull away.
“We have managed to get the game with Hitchin (which was called off at the weekend) re-arranged for this month and I think that is a good thing for us.
“Our fixture list is reasonably straightforward from this point and all we can do is take care of ourselves.
“I think if our game on Saturday had been postponed and Weymouth’s and Poole’s had gone ahead then it would have been a bit of a kick in the teeth.
“As it happened, that wasn’t the case but there was still a lot of frustration from our lads because we they wanted to try to carry on the good run we have been on.
“But you have to deal with these things and we can now look forward to the game at Truro.
“It’s obviously a long trip but the club are allowing us to travel on Friday and stay overnight so that will be good for all of us.”
The game at Hitchin Town, which fell foul of the weather on Saturday, will now take place at Top Field on Monday, January 19 (7.45pm).