Chris Plummer insists Corby Town will be full of respect for Brackley Town when the two sides meet in an Easter Monday derby at St James’ Park tomorrow (3pm).
But the Steelmen boss knows his team will not fear Jon Brady’s side, who are closing in on a play-off place in the Blue Square Bet North.
Brackley won 3-1 at Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday while the Steelmen were securing a crucial 1-0 home win over Worcester City, which saw them move seven points clear of the relegation zone.
Few will fancy Corby to add to those points tomorrow but Plummer believes his team are capable of picking up a positive result against their Northamptonshire rivals, who have enjoyed a superb first season at this level.
The Corby boss said: “We will respect them because they have a lot of very good players and a number of them have been at a higher level before. They have done it consistently all season and they look likely to be in the play-offs.
“We have to be respectful but we don’t really fear anyone and, in general, we have been in every game we have played.
“It is going to be very tough but we will go there confident we can get something from the game. I truly believe we can get something.
“We have got a couple of knocks and the have put a big shift in against Worcester.
“But I look at our bench and all the players on there are capable of coming in and starting the game for us, which isn’t something we have always had this season.
“It gives us choices for the Brackley game but also for all the ones coming up because we have a busy period coming up. We are going to need all of them in the weeks to come.”
Plummer, meanwhile, has warned everyone at Corby to not get ahead of themselves after they gave themselves some welcome breathing space on Saturday.
Gary King’s early penalty proved decisive against an out-of-form Worcester side but the manager knows the job is far from done.
“We have a bit of breathing space but with all these games coming so quickly, it can change just like that,” he added.
“We just have to stay focused. I have been confident all along that we can survive and I am still feeling like that.
“But we have not got the job done by any stretch of the imagination. It is three points and we are in a better position than when we woke up on Saturday morning.
“There are still a few twists or turns to come. We can’t get lulled into a false sense of security. All we can do is concentrate on picking up as many points as we can do.”