There were mixed emotions for Corby Town frontman Greg Mills last weekend.
Mills made a welcome return to the Steelmen squad after just over a month on the sidelines due to an ankle injury he picked up in the 3-0 home defeat to Worcester City on September 19.
Boss Tommy Wright threw Mills on for the second half of the Vanarama National League North clash against Curzon Ashton but even his return couldn’t prevent Corby from slipping to a 4-0 defeat after they had trailed 2-0 at the break.
The latest setback ensured the Steelmen’s alarming run of form continued as they have now gone 12 games in all competitions without a win – five of which Mills missed because of that injury.
Two key games now lie ahead for Corby, who sit second from bottom in the league table.
They head to Gloucester City, who are just a point ahead of the Steelmen, on Saturday before taking on bottom side AFC Telford United at Steel Park next weekend.
And Mills is well aware of just how important the two matches could be as Wright and his players desperately try to put an end to their miserable run.
“Winning is a habit and so is losing and that’s where we are at the moment,” Mills said.
“But we have got a full week to prepare for Saturday and with me coming back and hopefully Anton (Brown) as well, the gaffer has a few more options.
“The run of form isn’t good but we shouldn’t forget that we went unbeaten in the first six games of the season.
“That wasn’t a fluke and it showed that we are a lot better than our current position.
“We have Gloucester this weekend and AFC Telford next Saturday and we know these are games from which we must pick up points to get us out of where we are.”
Mills admitted it had been “hard to watch” from the stands as recovered from his injury.
But, having come through the second 45 minutes without any reaction last week, he is now hoping to play a big role during a tough time for the club.
“It was pleasing to be back,” Mills added.
“Obviously it’s been hard to watch from the sidelines knowing that I can’t help or be there with the lads.
“But I am fit again and I will be doing what I can to help us get out of this run of form.
“I am still feeling the injury a bit but it’s not enough to stop me from playing.
“The manager and I were talking daily during my recovery and it was good to get involved again at the weekend.
“Now I am just focusing on helping the team to get some good results as quickly as possible.”