Tommy Wright has challenged his Corby Town players to “stay in the pack” just behind the play-off places in the Vanarama National League North.
A solid start to the new season has seen the Steelmen suffer just one defeat in eight matches so far with their latest outing being a 1-1 draw at Gainsborough Trinity last weekend.
They sit in ninth place on 11 points, level with this weekend’s opponents FC United of Manchester.
And while Wright knows most at Steel Park would be content if the season finished now with Corby in their current position, he believes there is more to come from his squad.
They face a big test in the red-hot atmosphere at Broadhurst Park this weekend, however.
A crowd of around 3,000 will be on hand to see two newly-promoted sides go at it while FC United have recovered from a poor start to take 10 points from their last four matches.
And the Corby manager said: “They have hit some form at the right time.
“But we aren’t in bad form ourselves, we have only lost one match in eight.
“I think this is one of the games our players and supporters would have looked for first when the fixture list came out.
“They have a nice new ground and lots of fans who are very passionate. It is a big game.
“They have possibly taken a bit longer to adjust to life at the new level than we did.
“But they have taken 10 points from the last 12 available so they are in form.
“We just have to concentrate on ourselves and the next step for us is to maintain the position we are in.
“I want us to stay in the pack at the right end of the table and if we can do that, then anything could happen.
“I am sure the fans would take the position we are in now and be happy with it at the end of the season.
“But I think there is more to come from our lads and it’s now a case of trying to get it out of them.
Wright, meanwhile, has piled the praise on summer signing Ashley Sammons who was this week named the National League North’s player-of-the-month for August.
The midfielder hit six goals in the first month of the campaign and his manager believes the award was well deserved.
“When we got Ash in I knew we had a good player on our hands but I didn’t realise how good a techinal footballer he is,” Wright said.
“He has scored some unbelievable goals already but the thing I like about him the most is that he is a hard worker and a very level-headed lad.
“His performances in the first month merited some recognition and I am delighted he got that.”
The Steelmen’s only definite absentee for this weekend is midfielder Anton Brown, who is set to be ruled out for at least the next six weeks after it was confirmed he has suffered a dislocated wrist.