Chris Plummer admits the time has come for Corby Town to “step up and deliver”.
The Steelmen head into tonight’s (Wednesday) clash with Solihull Moors at Steel Park knowing they could put their fate back into their own hands.
Third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay were beaten 3-0 at home by FC Halifax Town last night, meaning if Corby claim victory against Solihull then they will be seven points clear of the drop-zone with Colwyn having two games in hand.
A win would also see the Steelmen move to within one point of Bishop’s Stortford who lost 2-0 to Harrogate Town last night.
This evening’s game is followed at the weekend by the short trip to already-relegated Hinckley United and Plummer knows the two games represent a big opportunity for his team to get points on the board.
“Certainly on paper, these are the games we have to be targeting when it comes to picking up points,” the Corby manager said.
“I don’t think that is something we can shy away from. It may be putting pressure on ourselves but we have got to step up and deliver.
“It is the crucial time of the season for everyone and when opportunities come along, you have to take them.”
Not that Plummer is taking either of the next two opponents lightly. Solihull arrive in town in a comfortable mid-table position, unlikely to be drawn into the relegation battle and the play-offs being a way off.
But the Steelmen boss added: “They have had some really good results and then, at other times, they have been a bit indifferent.
“But I know their manager (Marcus Bignot) and although they are comfortable in the table, he won’t let them rest on their laurels.
“They are capable of beating the best sides in the division and it will be another tough test for us.”
Striker Gary King will be in the Steelmen squad after he completed his move to Steel Park yesterday on a dual registration from Spalding United. The 23-year-old scored four goals in 14 appearances for Corby towards the end of last season.
Plummer is without Avelino Vieira, who serves the second of a three-match ban, while he will also have a late check on midfielder Sam Ives who picked up a knock in training on Monday.