Gary Mills admitted a poor second-half defensive display was Corby Town’s undoing as they were beaten 3-2 at fellow strugglers Marine last night (Tuesday).
The Steelmen had held a 1-0 lead at the break thanks to Phil Trainer’s goal and, after the hosts had hit back to take a 2-1 advantage, Trainer looked to have earned his team a point when he struck again on 83 minutes.
However, Alfons Fosa-Mensah grabbed the winner for Marine with a couple of minutes to go.
The defeat has left Corby just above the relegation zone on goal difference with six games to go, the next of which is the return clash with Marine at Steel Park on Saturday.
And Mills believes last night’s loss has only made this weekend’s game even bigger than it already was.
“It was very disappointing because the lads put a lot of effort in,” the Corby boss said.
“The first-half performance was pretty good but we didn’t defend well enough in the second half.
“The midfield and attacking players did their bit and we have gone away from home and scored two goals.
“But we didn’t defend our box well enough and our clearances were poor and it cost us.
“It has just made Saturday even bigger than it already was.
“Things were never going to be decided on these two games but this weekend is now a huge football match for us.
“If we win, then it evens things back up with them but if we lose then it will be a big blow.”