Chris Plummer knows Corby Town won’t get away with a slow start when they take on Blue Square Bet North leaders Chester at Steel Park tomorrow (Saturday).
A run of three successive defeats have seen the Steelmen slip down the table and they currently sit just above the relegation zone, albeit with an eight-point advantage over third-from-bottom Colwyn Bay.
Chester, on the other hand, are running away with the division and they hold a 13-point lead at the top, although they have played three more games than second-placed Guiseley.
The last time Corby were on home soil, they were punished for a poor start to the game as FC Halifax Town raced into a 4-1 half-time lead before securing a 5-1 victory.
And Plummer knows his team can ill-afford to do the same when the champions-elect and their big following descend on Steel Park this weekend.
“We found out the hard way against Halifax that if you aren’t on top of your game from the start then you will get hurt,” the Steelmen boss said.
“You can find yourselves 2-0 or 3-0 down in no time if you don’t start well against these top sides and we have to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“The same happened when Altrincham came here earlier in the season and, again, we were punished for it.
“We have to make sure that we are right at it from the first whistle.
“It is going to be an extremely tough match. Chester are a special side, they have only lost one game so far and they are probably going to win the title with a bit to spare.
“But we have shown that, on our day, we can match the best sides in the division. We have to produce one of those days this weekend.”