Andrew Wilson believes the next two games will give Corby Town the biggest indication yet of where they will finish in the Calor League Premier Division this season.
After claiming fine wins over Bideford and St Albans City, the Steelmen slipped to a 2-1 defeat at second-placed Chesham United at the weekend, despite dominating for long spells.
Corby now have back-to-back home matches against Stourbridge, who currently sit eight points clear of the Steelmen in the final play-off place, and Poole Town - another team chasing a top-five place.
Wilson, fellow joint-boss Tommy Wright and the squad have distanced themselves from the off-field dispute between the club and Corby Borough Council, which exploded into the public domain last week as it was also revealed that cashflow problems had caused a delay in players’ wages.
And Wilson is now looking ahead to the next two games, which will give the Steelmen another chance to close the gap between themselves and the play-off places.
“We will know more about where we are going to end up after the next two games,” Wilson said.
“We have two big home matches but we will deal with them one at a time.
“We owe Stourbridge one because we were 1-0 up over there and had a great chance to make it 2-0 before they came back and deserved to beat us 3-1.
“And we lost 3-1 to Poole recently so we owe them one as well.
“We are frustrated we didn’t get anything out of it at the weekend. Plenty of people were saying we deserved at least a draw, which was pleasing to hear.
“But we didn’t get anything and then you see the results afterwards and it makes it even more frustrating because they went in our favour.
“On the other side of it, it means nothing has changed and it is a case of as you were.
“The lads were a bit flat afterwards but we have got round them already and reminded them that, despite the result, they played pretty well and were by far the better team in the second half.
“We can’t change the result and we can’t dwell on it for long. All we can do now is prepare properly and professionally for the next game.”
Sam Ives didn’t travel to Chesham due to a knee injury while Aman Verma and Courtney Herbert both started on the bench after suffering injuries in the win over St Albans City.
But Wilson said he is now hoping all three will recover in time for him and joint-boss Tommy Wright to have a full squad to choose from for next weekend.