Tommy Wright believes trying to ensure Redditch United stay below them in the Calor League Premier Division should be enough motivation for his Corby Town squad at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).
With just four games remaining of the season, the Steelmen sit in ninth place in the table with tonight’s visitors below them only on goal difference, albeit from a game more.
And, even though the future of the club remains uncertain with off-field issues continuing to dominate everyone’s thoughts, Wright is keen for the squad to finish the season on a good note.
Corby play Arlesey Town at home on Saturday before an Easter Monday trip to Cambridge City is followed by the final game of the campaign against Bedford Town at Steel Park.
And Wright, who will return to the line-up after missing Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Burnham to attend his brother’s wedding, said: “I think there is plenty of motivation for both teams tonight.
“We are ninth, it looks unlikely we could finish higher so that is where we want to stay.
“Redditch will be looking to finish as high as possible so our lads will hopefully be fully motivated to try to get the right result and keep us where we are.
“We posed the question to them a little while ago – is our season done or do we want to finish strong?
“We have three home games out of the four that are left and we want to give the fans something to cling on to because it has been tough for them recently as well.
“It is all about mentality now and people may think that they are on their holidays. That is not the case at all.”
Fellow joint-boss Andrew Wilson confirmed at the weekend that the players have been paid up to date following recent issues in that department.
But the long-term future of the club remains more uncertain with chairman Kevin Ingram at loggerheads with Corby Borough Council over money the club claim is owed to them while there appears to be a deadlock over proposals for a new sports pavilion at Steel Park.
Fans have set up a fighting fund for whatever the future may hold and a new board has been elected to the Corby Town Supporters Trust in light of recent events.
Wright added: “It has gone a bit quiet on that front. I wish I could say more but I can’t at this point because I don’t really know what is happening.
“I am sure there have been discussions behind closed doors and I am sure Stan (Wilson) and I will be told when there is something to report.
“But that is out of our hands. All we can focus on is football and we want to finish the season as well as we possibly can.”
The Corby Town Supporters Trust will be running a coach to the final away match of the season at Cambridge City on Monday.
The coach will leave Weatherspoons at 11.30am, with seats available at £10 each. The bus will also provide seating to those participating in the Steelmen Sportive sponsored cycle ride for their return journey to Corby.
New Trust board member Jamie Kyle said: “Having taken on the responsibility for away travel we thought it would be a good idea to get as many people to the Cambridge City game on Easter Monday to show our support to the players and management.
“We appreciate their loyalty to the club through the end of this difficult season and they deserve to be backed on the road.
“Also those fans who are taking part in the sponsored ride and raising money for charity deserve to receive a good welcome when they arrive at the ground.
“The bus is open for all fans to travel and any money made from running this bus will be donated to the Fans Fighting Fund.”
Anyone who wants to book a seat should call Jamie on 07581 725662 or Ross on 07715 653684.